“I wanted to try covers because to me that made all the sense in the world. Then I had the opportunity with the university to do a grazing study trial, and that kind of got our feet wet with help — it wasn’t us on our own.…” – Angela Knuth
West Union, Iowa, no-tiller Loran Steinlage has developed a reputation as being both a highly innovative and a highly sociable farmer. He’s a frequent speaker at ag meeting and conferences and says that one of his favorite things to do is just talk shop with other farmers.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, and for occasional future episodes, we’ve paired Loran up with a no-tiller he’s never met before and asked him to record their conversation. In this installment, we caught up to Loran while he was on the road and scheduled to be a featured speaker at the 2020 Nebraska Cover Crop and Soil Health Conference near Mead, Nebraska. Just before the conference got underway, Loran met with Angela Knuth who’s been no-tilling and strip-tilling in Mead with her family since 2005.
Listen in as Loran and Angela discuss the challenges of transitioning land to no-till organic production, how the Knuths were affected by the 2019 floods, incorporating grazing for non-livestock owners, how they’re both getting their kids involved in their operations and developing succession plans, and more.
P.S. Want to gain more insight into Loran Steinlage’s successful cover cropping practices? Then be sure to check out his video presentation, "Adopting a '2020 Mindset' with Perennial Covers, Organic No-Till in Mind," which was featured during the 2nd Annual National Cover Crop Summit. When you become a National Cover Crop Summit VIP today, you’ll receive instant access to this and nearly 24 hours of additional profit- and knowledge-building video presentations by top cover crop experts. Learn more and become a VIP now.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)