Pipestone SWCD, farmers turn to cover crops for nitrate reduction

Tom Griebel and Laura DeBeer stood in a grassed waterway on March 31 as they discussed his cereal rye cover crop, in the background. A Clean Water Fund grant from BWSR helps to cut the risk of trying soil health practices meant to reduce nitrates. DeBeer, a Pipestone SWCD-based regional water resources specialist, works with landowners within highly vulnerable wellhead protection areas. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR
Holland residents get their drinking water from Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water.
DeBeer works with landowners within highly vulnerable wellhead protection areas in six southwestern Minnesota counties. Minnesota Department of Health funding makes that work possible.
Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water serves about 4,700 customers.
Griebel planned to bale or chop the rye, seen here on March 31, and then plant teff grass in early June.
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. www.bwsr.state.mn.us

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Our mission is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.

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