MIXING IT UP. Ohio no-tiller Tim Norris planted an 8-way cover crop mix of oats, cereal rye, bayou kale, crimson clover, Austrian winter peas, buckwheat, flax and sunflowers to help with erosion, weed control, compaction, nitrogen fixation and more. This is how the stand looked 45 days after planting. Tim Norris

Adding No-Till Wheat to Rotation Improves Soil Health, Field Conditions

Wheat spreads out workload & provides ideal time for field repairs in “No-Till Capital of the World”

Tim Norris, who hails from “No-Till Capital of the World” Knox County, Ohio, is seeing the benefits of adding wheat back into his corn and soybean rotation

“It’s allowed me to focus  on repairing and improving my farms, and I feel it allows me to focus on that in the right season,” Norris says. “Not only the right season for me to do the work, but the right season to get the best results possible.”

More Time, More Benefits

Prior to 2021, wheat was not always part of Norris’ operation. Some years, he did not plant it due to time constraints, especially when it came to juggling planting with his precision agriculture business. In addition to running a profitable business full time, he was farming 450 acres of his own and doing custom work on another 400 acres.

“Fall was always busy for me with harvest,” Norris says. “We also did about 40,000 acres a year of grid soil sampling in the fall, and so I had to oversee that. I didn’t have time to get wheat planted.”

The threat of Fusarium head blight also kept him from planting. 

“I had heard some horror stories about people having head scab wheat that is sprouting,” Norris says. “No one wanted to buy the wheat because of the head scab or the sprouting or they discounted it so much that they didn’t make any money on it. That had me concerned.”

It was the need to improve his fields that spurred him…

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