We used to try and seed cover crops with our air seeder. That option has become too slow, cumbersome and expensive. It would mean shelling out a bunch of money to have someone run the air seeder and cause a lot of wear and tear on the equipment. It’s just not feasible, and broadcasting seems to work well for us with the number of acres we cover. I would argue even on a smaller farm that the cost of labor and equipment would rule out using a drill to seed cover crops.

Learn about how the Guettermans are now using a spreader to seed their cereal rye and how they manage the cover in the article “What I’ve Learned from No-Tilling: Focus on Organic Matter, Flexibility Keeps No-Till Farm One Step Ahead” in the June 2017 issue.