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…
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Restoring the land with cover crops one farmer at a time!
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“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!
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“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.”
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It’s often thought that to add cover crops to an operation, a farmer needs fancy new equipment. In this video, Bryant Harrison shows us that that doesn’t have to be the case!
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Soil health practices like cover crops and diversity are great tools for a farmer. But they don’t change the reality that farming is tough… and changing farming practices can make it feel even tougher! Luckily, there are several programs, free services and information that the NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service) offers to assist farmers. Have you gotten…
Let’s be honest, most of the focus of the soil health movement has been on bigger farming operators. We’re here to buck that trend! We’ve partnered up with the USDA-NRCS in South Carolina to feature a diverse group of S.C. farmers (row crop, vegetable, cattle conventional, organic, you name it) who have each agreed to…