July 16th, 2018 12:28 PM
From 2011 to 2017, cover crop adoption in Indiana rose 450% (USDA), but the rapid growth has declined due to climate change and low commodity prices that put a strain on affording cover crops. Shannon Zezula, state resource conservationist with NRCS, says 50% of Indiana’s soil organic matter has been lost, and current practices need to change in order to reverse this trend. Several farmers are stepping up to show the benefits of cover crops in Indiana, Minnesota and other states across the US despite these challenges. Read their stories here!