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Corn growing in kura clover.
Image courtesy of John Baker

Living Mulch Improves Soil Health and Farmer’s Bottom Line

Who doesn’t like a two-for-one deal, or a double-double, win-win?

A team of USDA scientists is working on a double-cropping system that may improve a farmer’s profit margin by growing cattle feed between rows of the cash crop. In the off-season, the second crop acts as a living mulch that prevents soil erosion and improves soil health. For good measure, the second crop – kura clover – improves the soil’s ability to absorb rainfall by as much as 10 times over conventionally planted fields.

Read this article to learn more.