Everyone is all paper straws, and bicycles, and reusable grocery bags and water bottles, and then we’re over here like, “Here’s our dirt.”
Actually, we call it soil. And we have to make that clarification or our college soil professor will drive down here and make it for us.
But seriously. Did you know our soil, when managed right, is a massive carbon bank? That’s right - we are storing carbon right here, right below our feet!
What you’re looking at is a crop field where we grow grains to harvest every year. You’re seeing green cover crop, that was planted in the fall before harvest of our corn to make sure our soil was never bare.
You’re also seeing all the corn trash (that’s what we call the stalks, leaves, and all parts of the corn plant that gets left after harvest). This will not get plowed or tilled on our farm.
Farming practices like no-till and cover crops are one of the ways we keep our soils, and our environment, thriving. These practices allow the soil to stay in place the way it was designed to and keep the millions of living organisms in the soil healthy.
This translates into some really cool things like more carbon stored, less run-off and erosion, better water quality, better habitat for creatures above and below the ground, and better crop production for us!
It really is a a win / win! This is modern farming.
Fun Fact: 20 million acres of cover crops (which the U.S. was on on target to hit in 2020) has the potential to sequester enough c0-2 equivalent to offset 12.8 million passenger vehicles! (SARES)
Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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