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Multi-species cover cropping (a.k.a. crop cocktails) has gained a lot of attention among farmers.
Mixes of cover crops can be used to prevent soil erosion, add organic matter to the soil, improve the soil structure, recycle nutrients, and actively feed soil microbes.
On dairy farms, diverse cover crop/forage mixes can bring these benefits and also be utilized to grow nutritious, high energy forage. Dave Wilson, Research Agronomist, King’s Agriseeds says “We want help farmers gain the benefit of lush growing cover crop or forage and also understand the benefits of what’s going on underneath the soil surface. It’s all about the roots; not necessarily the growth you see above ground, but what is going on beneath.