Clemson University Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are proving that farmers like Jimmy Fender can improve soil health, reduce fertilizer usage and still post strong yields by planting cover crops during the non-growing season.
A pasture is much more than grass. It’s a complex ecosystem of living organisms vital to soil, forage and animal health. Pastures often aren’t treated as such, however. They’re overgrazed, over-tilled and overworked, leading to nutrient loss in soil, water runoff, poor forage yields and inadequate weight gain in cattle. Clemson Extension is teaching cattle farmers to reap the many benefits of proper rotational grazing methods.
When it comes to analyzing character, soil is a lot like people: You have to dig beyond the surface.