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Where are all the cover crops?

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Just worked up a piece (full story) about a new farmer survey showing some phenomenal benefits to cover crops--big yield benefits, reduced compaction, improved soil health, etc. 

 

The survey showed that cover crop acreage among the farmers surveyed grew by 350% from 2008 to 2012. A Successful Farming reader panel survey this spring indicated that 28% of farmers say they are growing cover crops, and another 38% say they plan to do so in the future. 

 

That's a lot of cover crops, though my windshield surveys this spring didn't turn up all that many plantings.

 

But, it's heartening to hear about the growth of this practice, given all the benefits to the soil--and the bottom line, too, apparently.

 

What are you seeing in your neighborhood? Thoughts? 

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