Cover Crops and Carbon
24 Jun 223 min 16 sec

Kelly talks about and shows first hand why he plants cover crops whenever possible. From preventing erosion to mitigating moisture loss, increasing fertility and carbon levels in his soil, and selling carbon credits through partners like


, Kelly is a believer in cover crops.

00:00 Hi, this is Kelly Garrett from extreme AG here with a field report on cover crops and the value of using them and 00:06 the education I've gotten from working at with the good Folks at Nori about that here. We're standing in one of my fields to try to show the camera over my shoulder here. We 00:15 had a big rain event here a few days ago, even though this field is a hundred percent no tail. We still had some erosion 240 bushel 00:24 corn here harvested around the second of November. At our Northern latitude when you get into a November Harvest, it's pretty hard for us at times a lot of times to 00:34 get the cover crop to to germinate and then here comes a rain event, you know, it isn't much we can do to control this all the 00:43 time. We try to use waterways and things like that. But I I kind of disagree with the grass Waterway because the water 00:49 just runs on either side of it and and I personally don't think it helps the problem. You can see across this field 100% no-till. 00:55 Like I said, the beans are coming crop looks great, you know, then we get the camera around here. And here's where the water comes off the hill, you know, 01:04 and it just it's got to run somewhere if there was a cover crop here. It would have slowed it down and be a better situation, you know, look at the stocks and deposited right 01:13 here and things like that. You know, that's gonna kill the beans out in that area the crop here will still be fine. It's always 01:19 great to get a rain. I just hate erosion. I I want to have a cover crop now this year. This field is in beans. These beans will probably be harvested in September. 01:28 October will have a cover crop here to protect that. I'm going to take you to another field here in a few seconds and I'm going 01:34 to show you where the cover crop is and the lack of erosion there. It's remarkable. Here we are at the next field. 01:41 This field was beans last year. So it would be even more prone to erosion than then the last few out which was obviously corn stalks. 01:51 And this is a ditch. You know, I've this Farm has been in my family for six generations, and I can tell you this has been 01:57 a challenging spot for erosion and you can see There's no damage to the crop same amount of rain here as there wasn't the other field. It's only down the road a mile or two and the cover 02:08 crop just held the soil fascinating and amazing incredible thing to see I'm so happy about this, you know, and right now of course everything is wet 02:17 and everywhere. It's got plenty of moisture, but I can tell you from experience. This cover crop will hold the 02:23 moisture in longer, you know, we're gonna get into later June and July typically a dryer part of the season. This moisture will 02:29 be saved here by this cover crop. The corn was a little bit slower, but it's here. I don't think there'll be a yield penalty to it. You know, we'll track this throughout the season. We've 02:38 got some areas in fields where we've got covered crop versus no crop. 02:42 See what sort of yield deficit or yield bumper will be one side will obviously report that back. But right now I I think everything looks really really nice. 02:51 I use cover crops because I want to get as much carbon in the soil as possible. I want to I want to mitigate 02:57 moisture loss. I want to suppress the weeds and I of course want to sell the carbon credits with Nori. It's a great program. There's not a bad thing about it. And when you see erosion like 03:06 this after a big rain a hard downpour and even makes it more valuable to me.

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