“The plants grew and did their job to protect and improve the soil,” Henderson says. “But we just didn’t get enough rain to have a seed harvest.
“Normally it would have really bothered me to not make a crop,” he says. “But now I’m beginning to think a cover crop is well worth the soil benefits it provides, even if you don’t get a harvest.
“I’ve already saved money in my nitrogen bill,” he continues. ”And you can’t buy rain, so the fact that the cover crop is why my wheat crop has access to moisture in the middle of a drought is a big deal.”
No – Henderson can’t buy rain, even when he needs it most. But he is doing everything he can to preserve soil moisture and keep producing crops despite lack of rainfall.
His soil might remain under cover, but his success with cover crops won’t. Thanks to Henderson and others like him, this new under-cover operation is gaining a lot of public attention.