March 8, 2013
GROWER USES COVER CROPS TO REDUCE INPUT COSTS
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After potato harvest, seeds from his peas produce a cover crop, providing additional soil health benefits. Rockey, who spoke March 6 at a Natural Resources Soil Conservation Service forum in Fort Hall, said the slight yield bump from his companion crops compensates for his $4 per acre investment.
After years of working to add crop diversity to his farm and more closely mimic nature, Rockey believes he's increased his profits, reduced disease risk and dramatically cut back on input costs.
"We don't spend a single dollar on anything ending in 'cide,'" Rockey said.
John O’Connell, Capital Press
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