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Cover crops provide bed and breakfast layover for migrating birds

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October 30, 2017 University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences  Read full ScienceDaily article here

After harvesting a corn or soybean crop, farmers may plant a cover crop for a variety of reasons — to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff, increase organic matter in the soil, and improve water quality. Now there’s another reason. New research shows that migratory birds prefer to rest and refuel in fields with cover crops.

Cassandra A. Wilcoxen, Jeffery W. Walk, Michael P. Ward. Use of cover crop fields by migratory and resident birds. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 2018; 252: 42 DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.09.039

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