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IVCC ag program using cover crop plots on campus farm

Illinois Valley Community College agribusiness major Luke Lovgren of Princeton prepares the seedbed before seeding cover crops on the college's farm.
Illinois Valley Community College agribusiness major Luke Lovgren of Princeton prepares the seedbed before seeding cover crops on the college's farm.

The Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program – along with partners AgView FS, Ford and Sons, Grainco FS, tenant farmer Luke Holly and the University of Illinois Extension –recently planted four cover crop demonstration plots on 60 acres of the college's farm.

Plots include cereal rye, a mix of cereal rye and radish, a mix of oats and radish, and annual ryegrass, turnips and radish.

“Students will monitor the plots for biomass production and changes to soil conditions while studying the impact of cover crops on soil health,” said Willard Mott, IVCC ag program co-coordinator and instructor.

The plots are on the farm south of the main campus and can be viewed from Route 251 and Orlando Smith Road.

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