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Ohio farmers embrace conservation to mitigate spring flooding


May 26, 2020
By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - OH

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The prospect of heavy spring rains — linked to climate change — has led some farmers to use conservation measures to protect their fields.

Dennis Reer plants corn, soybeans and wheat at 5R Farms in Seneca County, and also grows cover crops in the off season, because living roots make the soil more porous so it can hold more water and nutrients in place. “Water was a huge concern with runoff and nutrient loss,” he points out. “Really excited about what we’re seeing on our farm. The soil changed in the last three years just with the cover crops and improving the soil structure.” | READ MORE