Cover crops catching on in Ohio

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

For 4 decades and counting, Ohio farmer David Brandt has been a no-till farmer. He farms 1,200 acres in central Ohio and strategically uses cover crops in corn, soybean and wheat rotations. A lot has changed about cover crops since Brandt started the practice on his farm.

“We’re now using more than one specie,” Brandt said. “When we go with 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 we just see the the soil improving so much more rapidly than we did with a single specie. It has been a real fun ride so far to see how this concept has grown here in Ohio and throughout the country.”

AUDIO: Brandt discusses cover crop misconceptions and ways to ease into the practice on any operation.

Brandt Cover Crop Field Day

Brandt will share his experiences with cover crops at a field day on March 22nd in Mt. Orab at The Barber Farm. This informative field day will focus on utilizing winter cover crops in Clermont, Brown, Highland, and Clinton Counties. The workshop includes a brief presentation on soil quality by George Derringer, Soil Scientist, followed by Brandt.

Participants will have experts available to answer questions regarding cover crops, including seed vendors and local cover crop farmers. Venture into soil pits to see the soil quality of ground with cover crops. To conclude the event, local farmers will hold an open discussion on the benefits and challenges of using cover crops in their operations.

Registration is $10 if done by March 18th or $15 at the door. Lunch & SARE book Managing Cover Crops Profitably is included.

Please call Susie Steffensen at Clermont SWCD with any questions; (513) 732-7075.

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