In a conventional system, the establishment year of new seeding alfalfa is the year in a dairy rotation where we see the highest levels of soil loss. To avoid this, farms like Deer Run Dairy LLC with DK Demo Farms and Peninsula Pride Farms, Inc. are planting their new seeding into standing cover crops and fields with cover crop residue. These two approaches help to hold the soil in place, prevent erosion, and promote biological activity.
Year Produced: 2021
Cropping Systems: Dairy, Forage