Utilizing cover crops and diversity isn’t just great for building soil health, it also serves to create a more resilient soil that can stand up against extreme weather conditions.
Nat Bradford is an heirloom vegetable farmer in Sumter County. Recently, Nat has transitioned to a more regenerative style of agriculture and talks with us about the effects thus far and his vision for the future.
Before we began our Cover 5 project last fall, we asked each farmer involved to show us their worst performing plot of land. After all, what better way to display the power of soil health than through taking land no one wants and transforming it into land that consistently out-produces the rest? … For those…
Restoring the land with cover crops one farmer at a time!
“I’ve seen a lot more cover crops in the area than I’ve ever seen.” Cover crops are a tool many farmers are turning to for it’s laundry list of benefits. Check out first time cover cropper Nathaniel Rhodes of Orangeburg County discuss his thoughts a couple of months into his first cover cropping experience!
“This time of year (May) you can plow a field up and in almost a day a lot of the moisture is evaporated. When you [use cover crops] the moisture content in the ground remains more constant because you’ve got cover as opposed to it being bare ground that dries out.”
Bryant and Margaret Harrison of Greenville County, SC first used cover crops hoping to control erosion… but they couldn’t ignore the other benefits that came with it. The Harrisons found that cover crops not only resulted in increased water infiltration and retention, but also helped build up their soil organic matter. Hear the Harrison’s story…