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Facing Climate and Water Pressures, Farmers Return to Age-Old Practice – May 15, 2018

Just 5 percent of California farmers use cover cropping, but that's likely to change as researchers start to track many benefits

This spring in California several orchards around Solano and nearby counties sported a new look: lush carpets of mixed grasses growing as tall as 3 feet beneath the trees’ bare branches. By summer the scene will change as farmers grow and harvest their nut crops, but the work of the grasses will continue unseen.

photo of cover cropPhoto by USDA NRCS South Dakota Cover crop seedlings push through the soil wheat stubble on a South Dakota farm. Despite the many ecological benefits, only 3 percent of farmers currently use cover crops nationwide.

Today just 5 percent of California growers are… more

by: Jane Braxton Little

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