“I want to get as much growth out of my cover crop as I can. My hairy vetch — I'm not happy unless it's waist high and starting to flower…” – Jay Baxter, no-tiller, Georgetown, Del.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and West Union, Iowa no-tiller Loran Steinlage knows this as well as anyone. Personal and family challenges have spurred a series of innovations on his farm, including no-till, interseeding, relay cropping, and more. While he’s a frequent speaker at ag meetings and conferences, he says he learns the most from talking shop with other farmers.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, Loran sat down with Jay Baxter, who no-tills more than 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, sweet corn, and more in Georgetown, Delaware, in a conversation that was moderated by Jen Nelson of Resource Smart. The conversation took place in January 2020 just ahead of Delaware Ag Week, and was sponsored by the Sussex Conservation District.
Listen in as Loran and Jay discuss some of the reasons they’re using cover crops, including managing manure, weed suppression, improving yields, dealing with extreme weather and more.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)