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Purple-topped turnips and tillage radish are shown growing as cover crops on one of Ackermann’s farm fields. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

Area farmers see benefits of cover crops

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LAKEFIELD — When Jerry Ackermann had some of his crop drown out this spring, he opted to plant purple-topped turnips and tillage radish on the prevented plant acres — the same crops he’s tried in each of the last three years to seed into fields of standing corn and soybeans to provide cover during the winter months and break up the hard layers in the soil.


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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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