Cover Crops are Catching On but More is Needed

In cooperation with the Clean River Partnership, seeded fall cover crop acres over the past 5 years have been tracked in the Cannon River Watershed. This year, an estimated 21,438 acres of cover crop were planted (roughly 4,800 in Goodhue County portion of the Cannon River), which is similar to the past few years. This acre amount may seem large, but as a whole, these cover crop acres make up just 2% of the Cannon River Watershed. The increase has leveled out which sparks the need for further education, field days and promotion of cover crops in our area. Cover crops do work, and can increase your productivity by improving soil health while reducing inputs costs. Stay tuned for 2022 field days and cover crop forums presented by the Goodhue SWCD.

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