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Interseeding is a Process, Not Just a Practice

Building experience is the critical first leg of the journey to interseeding, companion cropping and relay cropping.


Pictured Above: ENJOYING THE JOURNEY. West Union, Iowa, no-tiller Loran Steinlage says the journey to interseeding, companion cropping and relay cropping can’t be rushed but it can lead to big payoffs. One rotation he’s used, with soybeans seeded into cereal rye and then followed by buckwheat has, even with relatively modest yields, provided the same ROI as 200-bushel corn.

When Loran Steinlage hears someone say, “I want to be where you are” when it comes to interseeding, he says it’s a sure sign that person is setting themselves up for failure. It takes patience and practice to set the groundwork. 

Steinlage has been tinkering with interseeding, relay cropping and other advanced farming systems on his West Union, Iowa, farm since 2006, though he would call the practices traditional, not advanced. In fact he insists on spelling interseeding ‘innerseeding,’ the spelling used in the literature from the 1800s that he used when researching the practices. 

The then strip-tiller started by interseeding…

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Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.


Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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