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With the growing interest in controlling nutrient loss, and improving water quality, cover crops have been getting a lot of attention by farmers recently. Cover crops, usually planted after harvest, left as a winter cover, then taken off before spring planting hold erodible soils in place, help lock in nutrients and actually help organic matter in the soil.

John Pike with Council on Best Management Practices says improving productivity and holding nutrients in the soil is driving the interest in cover crops.

Pike, a former U of I research agronomist at the Dixon Springs Research center, says cover crops can improve the soil and improve the bottom line. What’s the easiest way to find out more about the latest research results on the use of cover crops?

Agronomist John Pike

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