GO Seed is consistently researching new species of turf, forage, and cover crops to promote soil health and to fortify ecosystems within the soil. In the United States, topsoil is eroding at an alarming rate, chemicals and nutrients are leaching into waterways, and natural pollinators are declining in number. But, we can limit damage to our natural resources by using sustainable practices such as planting turf, forage, and cover crops. Click below for more information about how GO Seed uses research and innovation for sustainable practices and products.
Farmers face water challenges based on location. If water doesn’t penetrate correctly into the soil, farmers can face flooding or runoff. Turf, forage and cover crops contribute to ground water penetration and purification. Cover crops maintain water in the soil so the ground stays cool and damp and ready for cash crop growth. Runoff hastens erosion and can bring harmful chemicals to natural waterways. Turf helps to purify the soil by filtering out chemicals and pollutants. Forages and cover crops dig deep channels into the soil, thereby returning water to underground aquifers instead of creating runoff to oceans, lakes, and rivers.
It can take over 500 years for the earth to naturally create an inch of topsoil, but in the United States we are losing topsoil 10 times faster than it can be replaced naturally. Each year over 1 billion tons of top soil erosion occurs in America’s heartland, that’s enough to fill the Rose Bowl. Additionally, in the US, over 750 million tons of topsoil are lost from wind erosion each year. Erosion caused by water runoff can be equally as detrimental by transporting chemicals and soil into our waterways. Root growth increases soil stability and soil coverage. Cover crops can protect against erosion by covering the soil with foliage and stabilizing the soil with roots during the counter-cycle or fallow time between cash crop production seasons.