There’s a new ground-based alternative to the air seeding of cover crops. The Nature Conservancy showed off a new, modified highboy that allows for a clearance of 10 foot 6 inches, at its demonstration farm in McLean County Friday. Maria Lemke, aquatic ecologist for the Nature Conservancy, says with wind turbines popping up in farm fields across the state, the modified highboy is a practical alternative to spreading cover seed by air.
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The machine has already been used on several farms last year with much success. Lemke says cover crops provide many advantages including cleaning up runoff water. The Nature Conservancy will be monitoring the quality of water runoff at their demonstration farm.