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Permalink High Plains Farmers Diversify Cover Crops and Enterprises

High Plains farmers are turning to diverse cover crops and enterprises to improve their soils and revenue streams, reports Ag Journal. Some farmers are planting garden vegetables or seed mill floor sweepings among their cover crop mixes, in an attempt to mimic the beneficial effects on the soil of biodiversity in a natural system. This "chaos gardening" approach makes harvesting the vegetables a challenge, but some farmers work with gleaning programs or use livestock to capture the value of the crop. Others, meanwhile, are adding pastured chickens to their farms for the nitrogen that they produce. Capturing additional value from these poultry enterprises can present farmers with a marketing challenge, but also has the potential to provide a diversified revenue stream.

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