“I’m really hopeful for the next generation, if we can give them the tools to be successful. A lot them are interested in how to farm better, not bigger …” – Paul Overby, no-tiller, Wolford, N.D.
Wolford, N.D. no-tiller Paul Overby has seen plenty of rewards as a result of no-tilling and using cover crops over the past 15 years, but he really took a deep dive into focusing on soil health when he started raising oats for General Mills. He’s recently signed on to the General Mills Regenerative Agriculture pilot program, which aims to advance regenerative practices on 1 million acres of farmland by 2030.
At the 2020 National No-Tillage Conference, I caught up with Paul, along with General Mills’ Senior Research Agronomist Tom Rabaey. For this podcast, we’ll hear excerpts of that conversation in which the pair talked about the General Mills program, explaining overarching goals and benefits, the types of farmers General Mills is seeking for their program, what a farmer is getting into when he or she signs up, and more.
In addition, Paul talks about the niche marketing he does with the crops he farms and how he is looking to further integrate cover crops and other soil health principles on his operation, despite this short growing season.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)