“For no-till [organic] corn, we’ve tried so many different cover crops…for example, perennial living mulches like red clover. But clover comes back when you crimp it or when you mow it or when you flame it. It comes back stronger sometimes, and it's very competitive with the corn…” – Léa Vereecke, Rodale Institute organic crop consultant, Madison, Wis.
Interest in organic farming systems continues to grow due to high consumer demand as well as increased scrutiny on conventional inputs. A lengthy transition period to certification, as well as the fact that organic production usually requires tillage, discourages a lot of no-tillers from adopting the practice.
The Rodale Institute, one of the leading advocates for organic farming in the U.S., is hoping to help farmers overcome obstacles with its consulting services which have recently been expanded in the Midwest and other regions.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, we chat with Léa Vereecke and Nic Podoll, two recent additions to Rodale’s consulting team, to learn more about the process of transitioning land to organic, how they work with farmers who are interested in adopting organic practices, the promise and challenges of organic no-till, why roller-crimpers and cover crops are essential to the practice, and more.
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