Our cover crop of soybeans was harvested the other day in the nursery. We use soybeans as our cover crop on areas in our field while the land is in between tree crops. The soybeans help add nitrogen back into the soil while holding our soil in place during the season as protection from wind & water erosion. Caring for our soil is a top priority at the nursery.
As we have mentioned before, Becky is the 5th generation on our family farm. We have kept our farms productive & healthy for so long by taking the utmost care of our soil. Becky’s Dad, Doug Harford, was one of the first farmers in the US to implement no-till farm management into his corn & soybean operation. Through years of no-till farming, our soil has become naturally porous & rich in organic matter.
By using cover crops & minimal tillage in the nursery, we can continue the legacy of conservation started many years ago on our land. We also use grass strips between the trees rows for the years of production the trees are here. That practice also helps reduce soil erosion and uses minimal tillage. It also allows us the ability to avoid using pre-emergent herbicides as well. We are proud to pass on healthy soils to the next generation!
PS: Shout out to Becky’s brother, Chris Harford for planting & harvesting our soybeans. Thanks Bro!