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Mon Feb 17, 2014 09:35 AM CST

As Lewis Bainbridge and his sons, Matthew and Neal, scout one of their fields growing a cover crop, he pulls out a thick radish with a massive root ball crawling with earthworms. "We love to see that," he says, admiring the plump worms. "Cover crops keep the soil busy with all sorts of microbial action, including worms." Along with moisture retention, he adds, the crop keeps their heavy clay soils loose and mellow for the corn and soybeans to come.

The Bainbridges plant a cocktail of four to six different cover crops, which ...

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