Cover crops are a practice that many farmers in Adams County, and throughout the nation, use to help conserve soil and nutrients while building organic matter.

The practice involves planting a “crop” after harvesting the cash crop. This cover crop is not harvested. It is planted to cover the soil (thus the name) to provide the benefits listed above. So, in your travels around Adams County you may see these lush green fields this spring that turn into corn or soybeans in a few short weeks.

Brian Sneeringer is an agricultural conservation technician for the Adams County Conservation District.

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