Soil Health Isn’t Free – Incorporating Livestock Can Reduce Economic Risk

Keeping soils covered is one of the keys to soil health, and cover crops are often promoted as a good way to prevent erosion while also adding nutrients to the soil. But cover crop seeding isn't free. What can we do to mitigate the economic risk involved? That's what Doug Sieck talks about with Buz Kloot in this 3 minute video. In this, the fifth video of a seven part series, Doug describes the economic risks of switching to no-till and of planting cover crops and how incorporating livestock that use those crops can increase diversity in an operation and reduce risk. "If I'm going to dedicate some acres to a cover crop, if I or my neighbor has some livestock that we can bring in and generate some revenue from it, that helps offsets some of the risk of just planting it from a soil health standpoint," Doug says. For those of you who have cattle, and neighbors trying to manage corn crop residue, Sieck also has some great tips for how to

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