SHP award winner calls cover crops ‘a lifesaver’ for grazing

Brian Martin advocates for the use of cover crops for improving soil health. The Centralia, Missouri, corn, soybean, small grain and cattle producer talks about the challenges of chemical control and the effects of herbicide carryover on cover crops. Martin, the Data Dominator winner at the Soil Health Summit, uses different approaches to cover crops depending on whether they’re incorporated in row crops to prevent erosion, or whether they’re planted to supplement cattle grazing.

“It was a lifesaver,” said Martin, referring to how cover crops helped during a dry summer. “We actually wet-wrapped a lot of cereal rye and then followed that up with another forage type. It can provide a year-round grazing solution when there’s no other options.”

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