Contour Farming: One of the Simplest & Most Effective BMPs (JMU Students)

In our quest to profit from the land and feed a hungry planet with annual crops such as corn and soybeans, we have abandoned one of the most powerful conservation practices known to science – contour farming. Used since ancient times to slow the flow of water across the land to make it soak into […]

Contour Farming: One of the Simplest and Most Effective BMPs

In our quest to profit from the land and feed a hungry planet with annual crops such as corn and soybeans, we have abandoned one of the most powerful conservation practices known to science – contour farming. Used since ancient times to slow the flow of water across the land to make it soak into […]

Bare Ground in Dayton

Yesterday I was called out on a job in the Dayton area of Rockingham County, Virginia.  This area is intensively farmed with livestock and crops.  I was totally amazed at two things: the amount of bare ground and the number of fields farmed up and down the slope of the land.  These two aspects of […]

Cover Crops a Must

Here in the Bay states and across the temperate zone of the world farmers are busy planting cover crops on fields that were used to produce their summer crops such as corn.  The purpose of a cover crop is to “cover” or protect the land during the winter so that the farmer’s most precious resource […]