By David Knopf/Richmond News
If there’s such a thing as a big sensation in agriculture – we’re guessing there is since there’s one in everything from military hardware to the length of women’s skirts – in 2013 Missouri it would have to be cover crops.
Cover crops have been around a long, long time, but recent drought conditions and the desirability of retaining moisture and nutrients have put them in the limelight.
In the last week, notices of three programs about cover crops and their benefits have crossed our desks here at the Richmond News. On Wednesday, for example, the Caldwell and Ray County Soil and Conservation District will lead a four-hour bus tour of several farms in the area that have planted cover crops.
On Friday, the newspaper learned of two more -– Missouri Extension programs April 1 at the Graves Chappell Research Center in Holt County and April 2 at the Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany.
(You’ll find more information about all three programs at the end of the article.)
Tim Reinbott, superintendent of the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, issued a notice recently outlining the benefits to soil of having plant growth in fields year-round.