Farmers learn how to avoid losing crops during a drought

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Farmers from across the country left their fields to travel to Jonesboro for an important conference.

The Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Workshop took place on Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Around 150 farmers from six different states listened to a variety of speakers talk about cover crops, water, soil, and pest management.

Zach Taylor, with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, said farmers went through one of the worst droughts since the 1950's last year.

Taylor told Region 8 News, usage of cover crops is a big solution to that problem.

"Cover crops can help you when there is a drought," said Taylor. "It can help your soil retain moisture. It can put organic matter in that soil to help you retain moisture.   And so, that's what one of the big things about this conference is."

The workshop ran from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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