Bayfield River watershed producers continue to be interested in planting covers crops. For the second year in a row, producers planted approximately 750 acres of cover crops thanks in part to funds from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and Government of Ontario. Sixty-four percent of these farmers were new applicants to the program. Cover crops benefit both soil health and water quality by reducing the loss of nutrients and topsoil, reducing erosion, and helping to build organic matter in soil. To recognize producers using cover crops and encourage others to think about how they could use cover crops in their operations, producers displayed signs along their field edges declaring ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’. Peer-to-peer learning was supported with a Cover Crop Workshop and local demonstration projects.
Nearest city or town: Clinton
Project start date: January 4, 2021
Project focus: Ecosystem Restoration
Project contact: Mari Veliz