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The way the machine bridges over the top of the soybeans, about 5 inches or so, it didn’t really affect them at all. I was picturing in my head that the beans were just going to get flattened. And it didn’t do that at all” – Mike Unruh, No-Tiller, Winona, Minn.

Growing cover crops in the northern states can be a challenge but the rolling hills in the southeastern part of Minnesota are especially prone to erosion, so efforts have ramped up in recent years to adopt more soil-friendly practices such as cover cropping and planting green.

For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, we chat with no-tillers Sheldon Luehmann of Lewiston, Minn., and Mike Unruh of Winona, Minn., as well as Lance Klessig, a Resource Specialist with the Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District.

For the first time ever, the young farmers both seeded cereal rye in fall of 2020, no-tilled soybeans into the standing rye in spring of 2021 and then crimped the rye a few weeks later. We checked in with them and Lance a few days after crimping to find out how their first experience with the practice went.

Join us to hear about how their different equipment setups, timing of operations and soybean variety choices affected their experiences, the benefits of networking with other farmers, and why they’re committed to further experimentation.







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