Study Explores Soil-Health Impacts of Winter Cover-Crop Grazing

A study led by Auburn University researchers explored the soil health impacts when cattle grazed cover crops on cropland during the winter months. The study, published in Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment Journal evaluated the soil under cover crops planted after mid-October harvest and grazed from mid-January until spring planting on farms in Alabama. After two years of study, scientists did not find that winter grazing impacted the soil very much, but they will be continuing the study to look for long-term effects, such as compaction from cattle hooves or effects of manure application.