“This year I didn't spray any of my cover crop off and now I have 300 acres of green cover crop that I'm going to seed into next spring…” — Brian Newcombe
In this episode, No-Till Farmer editor, Frank Lessiter, chats with Canadian no-tiller and strip-tiller Brian Newcombe. Brian’s diverse operation that includes a dairy, chickens and about 1800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat is spread out over more than 100 separate small plots.
His operation, Cornwallis Farms, has been in his family since 1761. It sits in a fertile microclimate in Nova Scotia and drains into the Bay of Fundy, which was designated as one of North America’s 7 Natural Wonders in 2014. Brian uses a multi-species cover crop mix and has been working on a three-year analysis of planting green.
In addition, we share a story about how Ohio became an early leader in no-till adoption and Frank explains why some people hate no-till.
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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Intro Music: Glenn Campagna - Folk Love
Interlude Music: Willow - Walk Into Forever