Minnesota Farmers Highlight Benefits of Grazing Cover Crops

Minnesota farmers Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz highlighted the benefits that their operation receives from grazing cover crops in a media tour reported in Illinois Farmer Today. Over the past 20 years, the Breitkreutz family has adopted no-till methods for soybeans and corn, and made extensive use of mixed cover crops for grazing. Today they raise soybeans, corn, and alfalfa, have permanent wooded pasture land, and include family members in a direct-marketing operation for the farm’s beef and pork. Grant Breitkreutz points out that the grazing practices have reduced input costs for the operation by reducing fertilizer and herbicide expense and breaking pest cycles. In addition, the land with cover crops has a high infiltration rate and helps protect water quality.