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Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm
Cedric Mason, research support specialist with New York Soil Health at Cornell, conducted a survey of over 180 farmers across NYS and identified the most common costs, constraints, and benefits of using reduced tillage, cover crops, and other soil health practices. Greater yields were reported by 52% of those practicing reduced tillage, and by 50% of those who use cover crops. Reduced erosion was the most widespread advantage of both practices, with more than 80% reporting this benefit.
The survey also revealed differences between vegetable and corn-soy growers, and documented trends in benefits over time when comparing farmers with 1 - 5 years of experience with those using soil health practices for 5 - 10 years or more.