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Aug. 29, 2012TAYLOR COUNTY, IA |  By: Nuelle

Farmers and Drought

Many farmers across the region will suffer huge losses with the extreme weather conditions the area is having, but planting a cover crop may be the solution in these times of trouble.

Taylor County, Iowa farmer Kelly Tobin has been planting cover crops for the last 3 years. He found out that planting Rye allows for absorption of water in wet years and is able to hold water in dry years.

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Tobin says the difference on fields where he planted cover crops can not only be seen in how the crop looks, but in the yield after harvest.

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Tobin says farmers need to get a cover crop in just as soon as the crops are harvested, so that it can reach its peak by the time the ground freezes.