Ready or not?
Ready! This field is actually ready to plant, once the time is right of course. It will be planted to soybeans this year.
If you think of tilled up soil, free of any debris when you picture farm fields waiting to be planted, you aren’t picturing our fields.
Our fields are strategically left just like this - crop residue on top, growing cover crop (that’s triticale you see growing) and never tilled.
This is one part of our conservation strategy that helps us, among many other things, reduce erosion (soil loss due to wind or rain).
Some farms could see over 500 pounds of soil loss per acre from a single rain event.*
500 pounds per acre. From one rain.
Practices like no-till and cover crops can shrink soil loss to closer to 50 pounds per acre on a similar rain event.*
Minimizing erosion doesn’t just help with the obvious (keeping dirt where we need it) but it helps with the less obvious like reducing runoff of our nutrients and improving water quality in the areas surrounding our farms.
This is modern crop farming. This is sustainability in action.
*Data sourced from Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring Program, administered by Missouri Corn and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, in partnership with Missouri Department of Natural Resources and USDA-NRCS.
Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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