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Did you know that one way that farmers protect the environment is through conservation tillage and cover crops? By reducing the amount of tillage and planting cover crops when the field is fallow, the top soil is protected from erosion. Some farmers will even leave the cover crop stubble or flatten the cover crop and plant into small strips, which can reduce soil erosion and the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers.
|Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) by Steve L. Brown, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org|
To learn more about cover crops and conservation tillage programs: Cover Crops for Conservation Tillage Systems
A great video showing the soil differences between conventional tillage and no-till by University of Wisconsin: Long-Term Conventional and No-tillage Systems Compared