Foul smell in Mount Pleasant coming from rotting cover crop

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – A staffer with the Michigan State University Extension says a foul smell in the Mount Pleasant area is the result of a rotting cover crop.

Paul Gross, Isabella County MSU Extension educator on field crops and bioenergy, tells The Morning Sun that rotting oilseed radishes are the cause of the smell. He says the cover crop is planted by wheat producers after harvest to keep soil protected and water and nutrients from leaching from the ground.

Gross says the smell typically doesn’t become apparent as winter nears its end because there’s normally more snow on the ground. He says temperatures weren’t low enough in December or January to kill the plants then.

On top of that smell, Gross says some crop growers are also spreading turkey manure.

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