“If there's a wetland there, instead of trying to figure out how I can drain it and farm it, I'm trying to figure out how I can make the down payment on the farm by just restoring the wetland…” — Ray McCormick, no-tiller, Vincennes, Ind.
Vincennes, Ind., no-tiller Ray McCormick is used to doing things differently, so it may come as no surprise that he’s among the 1% of cover croppers who seed covers at harvest with the combine.
He also has an unusual approach to soil drainage, in that he’s more interested in preserving and restoring wetlands than installing tile drainage for farming.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, Frank Lessiter talks with Ray McCormick about his approaches to conservation and farming intersect.
Join us as they discuss how he got the idea to seed covers with an air seeder attached to his combine header, finding the value in buying and selling land, embracing mistakes while planting green, how no-till and covers help mitigate the challenges of farming bottom land, and why he recently went on a 2-week hunger strike to preserve Indiana wetlands.
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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