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Cover cropping for soil health

Scott H.

Last summer, I grew spring wheat and barley in this plot.  The soil here has a fair amount of clay and little organic matter as it was created from left over fill used during the construction of our barn.  One crusty old farmer said I'd have to work hard to even grow weeds in it and it's taken a couple of years of adding compost to get it this far. After the spring grains were harvested in the fall, I sowed it in cereal rye to overwinter. Roots give the soil biology a place to live and the organic matter will be greatly appreciated. In about two weeks, Eleanor will be planting beans in this area, so, it was time to till it under.

cover crop of rye

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