Lifetime of Conservation Discovery

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Then the 1990s turned wet, and the problem flipped from conserving moisture to getting rid of it. Some people reverted to a chisel plow. Not Breker. “I was especially struggling with cereal grains,” he says. “We have that long fallow period in the fall, with nothing growing to use up the water. We decided we needed more plants and started trying cover crops.” He tried vetch, sorghum, sunflowers, and others. But the one that impressed most was field peas. “It uses up a lot of water, and we can get up to 2 tons of vegetation an acre,” he says. “It makes good cattle feed.”

 
 

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