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National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health Soil health is a new initiative of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) February 18, 2014 kicks off this major effort Forum on Cover Crops and Soil Health: Harvesting the Potential webinar broadcast live from Omaha

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Under cover farmers

National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health

Soil health is a new initiative of

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

February 18, 2014

kicks off this major effort

Forum on Cover Crops and Soil Health:

Harvesting the Potential

webinar broadcast live from Omaha

200 free meetings and soil health demonstrations

Howard Buffett

IL farmer, conservationist, philanthropist

Tom Vilsack

USDA Secretary of Agriculture

The Big Picture:

Conservation, Cover Crops & Soil Health

Four Midwest cash crop farmers

Dan DeSutter, IN - Dave Brandt, OH

Clay Mitchell, IA - Gabe Brown, ND

noted for focus on soil health, cover crops

conservation tillage, and farm profitability

will describe benefits of their soil management

Cover crop use ranges from cereal rye& ryegrass

to crimson clover, hairy vetch & oilseed radishes

After the webinar:

local discussion groups

plan Grower Discussion meetings & summer field days

Info & assistance for soil health management

Confronting

Carbon-Smart Farming

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Cover Crops

Climate Change

Summer

: industrial-scale agriculture

  • continuous ground cover

  • & minimum tillage

Four Practices

set Brandt apart from other farmers

Identical to farms from Ohio to Nebraska

– vast fields of corn & soybeans

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWXCLVCJWTU

First: dedication to off-season cover crops

Currently used on 1% of US farmland yearly

Winter

: no-till, cover crop agriculture

Neighbors’ fields lie fallow – bare & brown

Brandt’s fields are green with cover crops

Fall plantings with up to 14 plant species –

– blanket soil in winter

– protect soil from extreme weather

– feed sugar to soil microbes

– support biological diversity & complexity

– rot in place in spring

Second: hostility to tilling 

Sold his tillage equipment in 1971

Considers tillage a disruptive practice

Disassembles soil food web infrastructures

Third: fondness for earthworms

Fourth: adds wheat to corn-soy rotation

Corn-soy favored all over Corn Belt

Third crop disrupts weed & pest patterns

28-minute youtubevideo

Half Brandt’s corn & soy flourish without fertilizer,

and no herbicides;

Other half gets less than consultants recommend

“Try to mimic Mother Nature.

Cover crops work together

like a community 

– you have many people helping

instead of one.”

Three farmers in Stanley County, NC

on how they use multi-species cover crops

to realize economic returns on their investment

the first year

2012 Iowa State University study: 

3rd crop cuts herbicide & agrichemical use

Promise of no-till, cover-crop Farming

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Advocates Soil Stewardship

Trains agents to teach farmers about cover crops

Brandt’s farm is a site used to train NRCS agents

Reduce agrichemical use

Regenerate soil food web biology

Adapt to extreme weather & climate

Keep heartland churning out food 

David Brandt

1,200 acre farm

Carroll, central Ohio (pop. 524)

video produced in partnership by

Dr. Robin 'Buz' Kloot, Earth Sciences & Resources Institute

University of South Carolina

USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center

National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health


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