GARDEN CITY Three years ago, rancher and farmer Jay Young got intrigued by a YouTube video.
A North Dakota farmer championed the idea of cover crops plants that would be considered weeds in many other contexts as robust plants for his cattle to graze on.
Young applied the cover crop strategy rotating rye, radishes, turnips, oats and barley to his land just east of the Colorado border. The plants held the soil in place, trapped nutrients in the ground and made the ground nicely spongy.
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