Cover crops are planted to protect the soil from runoff (which causes the soil to lose nutrients), and farmers in Wisconsin are not only practicing this sustainable measure, but also putting up signs to encourage everyone else in the farming community to do the same. The signs are placed by fields along the road to inform those passing by about the practice.

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Brick planted the field a month ago. He says the crops protect the land from runoff, and keep valuable nutrients from manure on the field.

“Being able to have other roots growing out, which will decompose, and allow water to filter down through the soil,” said Brick.

“We’re also hoping that the general public sees that these producers are really, doing everything they can to help reduce the sediment, and nutrients that are running off,” said Whitney Passint, UW-Extension Natural Resource Educator.

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