James and Deaver Traywick are head high -- and then some -- in a late-spring field of broom-bristle-thick cover crops on their farm, near Cope, South Carolina. They are just days from planting the acres to cotton and will have to flatten a mix of rye, crimson clover and tillage radish to do so. In the process, they'll have to penetrate that thick fibrous mat to place the seed less than one inch deep.
The father and son will get more back this year than just improved soil health and weed suppression for their efforts; they'll receive additional income for planting multiple cover crops.
The Traywicks are part of a growing number of farmers participating in the still-evolving carbon-sequestration market. In essence, corporations are willing to pay farmers to implement practices like cover crops and no-till while fine-tuning nutrient management.
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