The farms involved in the programs are Heyob, Knollman, and Minges Farms. Over 350 acres in these three farms will be aerially seeded with a fall cover crop seed. Cover crops are plants not planted for harvest, but to boost soil fertility and reduce erosion during the fall to early spring months. Scott Huber, HCSWCD Chairman, when interviewed about the cover crops said, “Combined, these plants form a powerful team that should eventually reduce the amount of chemical fertilizers needed to grow a healthy crop.”
The grasses provide outstanding coverage for erosion control and then serve as excellent organic matter for the soil in the spring. In addition to improving soil fertility, cover crop positively impact water quality of the local watershed. With the help of local water quality and soil fertility experts, the study hopes to create a model to improve soil and water quality in the area, and other parts of the country.
The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District is a legal subdivision of the State of Ohio responsible for the conservation of natural resources within Hamilton County, Ohio. For more information on the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District or the Cover Crop Study, contact John Nelson at (513) 680-9373 or email@example.com