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Tim became concerned with run-off and nutrient management 25 years ago and joined the area Soil & Water District. Through the years, Tim said they focused on the importance of the waterways and agriculture’s impact on them. Cover crops caught his attention as another way to prevent nitrates from migrating through the soil.
“It’s important that we use cover crops, not only to increase the tilth of our soil, but also to preserve the nutrients and things we have in the soil,” said Tim. “If this cover crop system will allow us to continue to use nitrogen to better our crops alongside a plan to protect the environment—that will be huge.”
Cover crops haven’t come without challenges on the Seifert farm. Time is limited during the harvest—the key time to put in cover crops. And knowing when to plant, what variety cover crops to put down and waiting for good weather are all challenges during what is unquestionably the busiest and most important time of the farming year. The challenges continue in the spring with timing the cover crop termination advance of planting. But Tim has never been one to shy away from hard work or a challenge.
“I am ready to see if cover crops will help keep nitrogen out of the waterways and instead in our soil. I am still learning, and I’m ready to see how it impacts the bottom line,” said Tim. “We’re stewards of the soil. It was left to us by previous generation. I want that legacy to continue long into the future.”