Cover Crop Corner: Part 2 Cover Crop Economics: Long-term gains through holistic improvements

Cover Crop Corner: Part 2 Cover Crop Economics: Long-term gains through holistic improvements

Published Oct 13 in Feed the Soil, Feed the World  



In part two of this two-part series on the economics of cover crops, we explore how a holistic approach to taking care of resources comes with long-term gains.


By GO SEED


There are no “quick fixes” when it comes to the health of soils, the benefits take more than overnight to show up. While it takes time and deliberate care to learn how to enhance resources holistically within your own system, the general principles are relatively simple and can be significant cost savings.


“Soil is the natural capital of the land,” explains Dr Shannon Cappellazzi, GO Seed Director of Research. “By making the investment in soil health, not only are you making an impact on all of the downstream ecosystem services that are related to soil functions, you are also regenerating the land for continued agricultural production.”

In this pursuit, the right cover crops can make a monumental difference for crop and livestock systems. Below are a few ways cover crops enhance soil health, which is all about the capacity of the soil to function as a vital living ecosystem.