"There's just a lot to learn. Not just about seed, but how to do it organically."
Instead of relying on chemicals, organic farmers can work with NCRS to develop systems that use cover crops to build healthy soils.
An essential element of any organic farmer's crop rotation system, cover crops increase soil organic matter, keep the ground covered to slow erosion from wind and water, suppress soil diseases and pests, enhance water availability, smother weeds and provide significant contributions to a farm's biodiversity.
Cover crops (using a mix of grasses, legumes and forbs) can provide benefits for both organic and conventionally managed systems. These include increased nitrogen fixation, minimization and reduction of soil compaction; decrease of particulates escaping into the atmosphere, and in some cases cover crops can even be used to provide livestock with a source of supplemental forage.