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Tim Smith thought he was doing everything right. But conservation programs, like the Soil Health Partnership, opened his eyes to new methods of mitigating erosion and managing nutrients. This includes use of cover crops, including cereal rye and oats.
“Farming is always evolving,” Smith says.
Brent Bible has practiced no-till farming and the use of cover crops for several years on some of his nearly 3,000 acre farm. But it has been a scattershot approach without measurable results.
“We are more precise about fertilizer placement, timing and quantity,” Bible says.
Over the next five years, we plan to identify, test and measure management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers’ operations. Right now, many farmers across the country are implementing innovative management practices that result in economic and environmental benefits. We plan to build upon the work of these farmers to provide connections between on-farm practices and improving soil health.
We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing information from farmers to farmers, with the support and resources to benefit farmers’ bottom lines and agricultural sustainability. We want to help provide the spark for greater understanding and more broadly implementing agricultural practices that work best.