By Tim Kowols
As farmers take crops off the field for their fall harvest, Peninsula Pride Farms hopes its members and other operators are planting something else in its place. Cover crops have been a big focus among members of the farmer-led group over the last year, including the field day hosted by Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network operator Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee. Peninsula Pride Farms board member and agronomist Zach Sutter says cover cropping is a cost-effective way of controlling soil erosion and nutrient loss.
Sutter says now is a good time to plant cover crops such as red clover, winter wheat, and oats as it is a less expensive seed and easily spreads. Last year, Peninsula Pride Farms members planted 4,000 additional acres of cover crops onto their fields.