“We’re seeing 130-150 bushel winter wheat, and that’s a lot of residue…The guys that are direct seeding and no-tilling know how to handle it on their operations…”— Ty Meyer, Production Ag Manager, Spokane Conservation District
Ty Meyer is the production ag manager for the Spokane Conservation District in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, running their direct seed and no-till programs. He has also served as the executive director of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association for the last several years, a position he recently turned over to a new organization.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers & Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Meyer about how no-till got started in the Palouse area, the challenges of integrating cover crops on dryland acres, dealing with disease pressure resulting from green bridge, why cereal rye isn’t a viable cover crop in the region, why he chooses to use a Cross Slot drill, his experience running the Smart Farm certification program, and much more.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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