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Area farmers learn new techniques

Farmer Andrew Reushel explains his interseeding strategies to area farmers.

Area farmers report several techniques that are being underutilized in the Tri-States.

KHQA attended a Soil Health Field Day in Golden, Illinois on Thursday and spoke with a Tri-State farmer who has been using such techniques for years.

Andrew Reushel farms in Golden.

"Cover crops, as a whole, we've used just about for the last decade or so," Reushel stated, "We got really into cover crops for soil and water conservation issues. We wanted to improve our soils for future generations and we also wanted to help reduce the amount of erosion we have on our farms."

That's when Reushel started working with Soil Health Partnership.

SHP Field manager Abigail Peterson stresses that every farm has different needs.

"We are measuring the metrics for soil health as well as economics and the benefits that we're getting from best management practices. Some of the farmers I've been working with have been doing cover crops for ten years and some of them are just starting,” Peterson said, “Growers out here are doing a lot of great things already and so we're being able to take what they're doing already and being able to put that into a type of measurement system."
"We see a whole lot less erosion one. That's the obvious thing to see. Our soils are just kind of changing a little bit. They're a little bit fresher. A little bit mellower. They're easier to work with. Cover crops can take a long time until you see some really big benefits. Little things year after year after year they all build on themselves," Reushel explained.

Could cover crops be the future of farming? We'll leave that up to the farmers and the trials.

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