Cover Crops: Investing in your Soil
I was recently asked to speak at the National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health in Omaha, Nebraska, on the importance of cover crops and how you can utilize government funding to make smart choices in soil management. Here at ProHarvest, we encourage farmers to use the same approach on cover crops that are used when buying seed for corn, soybean, or other high-value crops. We want to be the dealer that helps you make choices about cover crops and here’s why:
The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and encourage conservation planning. In order to be eligible for these grants, farmers must invest in cover crops that meet a minimum requirement—and ProHarvest offers the quality product needed to not only meet those requirements but also increase germination rates and cash crop yields. We’ve found the lower quality seed does not have the proper amount of pure, live seed and can often times contain multiple lots in one bag and be harder to kill. A proper cover crop seed should suppress weeds, produce nutrients, control erosion, reduce compaction, aerate, manage microbial activity, and improve water infiltration. Our cover crops have the quality that allows you to use less, thus saving you money in the long run. You wouldn’t put lesser quality seeds in your field to grow corn and soybeans, so why would you buy a lesser quality seed to plant cover crops?
ProHarvest wants to be your cover crop expert. We are here to assist you in the education, research, and purchase of cover crop seeds. We can answer your questions and help write a soil management plans to meet the unique needs of your farmland. We take pride in our product, and that’s why we make cover crops an integral part of our business.