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Conley family’s sustainability goals are two-pronged


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NEOSHO – Chris Conley knew he was doing the right thing five years ago when he took his neighbor’s advice and planted cover crops and switched to no-till on his hilly Neosho farm. If he wasn’t 100% convinced the first year, he now knows for sure he did the right thing.

The proof came on June 15 when his farm, High-Gem Holsteins and Normandes, received six inches of rain in a short period of time, just weeks after corn had been planted on his and his neighbors’ farms.

His farm in southeast Dodge County, protected by the cover crop that he planted into, had no runoff while his neighbor experienced extensive runoff that resulted in gullies and a lot of mud deposited on the bottom of their hills.

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