When Rich Bennett returned to the family farm in the 1970s to help his father, he faced some significant challenges. Poor soils and increasing fertilizer costs were straining the farm’s bottom line. As a result, he began looking into new ways of farming that could improve his land and also improve the profitability of the business. Eventually, he succeeded: After experimenting with lower commercial fertilizer rates and incorporating cover crops into his grain rotation, Bennett decided to frost-seed red clover into his wheat every winter to supply crop nutrients and enhance soil quality. In the process, he reduced his fertilizer costs by more than half.
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