“Building our soils is our only hope. Whether it's saving the planet from climate change or feeding the people…the soil health movement is our chance. So it's in the hands of the farmers around the world. We can do it, so let's get on it.…” — Ray McCormick
Sixth-generation farmer Ray McCormick of Vincennes, Ind., first tried no-tilling soybeans in 1986 and has been trying new practices and ideas ever since. Managing 2,200 acres of row crops and 2,000 acres of wetlands, McCormick has tapped on-farm research and a willingness to try new ideas to evolve his operation to 100% no-till with cover crops on every acre. He says he’s gotten lots of great ideas from attending the National No-Tillage Conference, including his latest experiment: interseeding 60-inch corn with cover crops for grazing.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers and Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer Editor Frank Lessiter talks with Ray about his diverse operation. Listen in as Ray talks about growing non-GMO corn and why he plants it late, how he uses annual ryegrass in flood-prone areas, using cover crops in food plots for deer and waterfowl, keeping his landlords happy, how Roundup has been instrumental in conservation efforts and much more.
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: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)