A fleet of machines takes the field during the busy season at Charles Peeters’ farming operation in Brazil.
Peeters farms about 8,649 acres in Goiás state, located in central Brazil. His parents started the family farm in 1985, and Peeters’ father became a pioneer in the adoption of no-till. He also led the way in production of corn as a second crop, which is what Peeters is doing in this video shared by Global Farmer Network.
The process starts with the combine out in the field harvesting soybeans. Peeters then spreads brachiaria grass seeds and no-tills corn into the grass seed. The result is 3 machines running in the field at the same time and a successful second crop of corn.
Peeters says he’s always looking for ways to do more sustainable practices. His farm participates in a group that conducts its own research into better technologies and crop management systems for the sustainability and efficiency of the farm business.
In addition to no-tilling for the past 31 years, Peeters’ soil is permanently covered by cover crops. The farm produces about 15 tons of grains per hectare per year and conserves at least 10 tons of dry matter over the soil, protecting soil biological activity and biodiversity, and mitigating water erosion.
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