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Pros and Cons of 3 Cover Crop Seeding Methods

Three growers share their experiences with different cover crop seeding methods. Find out what worked for them and why they chose their preferred methods.


Pictured Above: INCREASING ORGANIC MATTER. No-tiller David Kruger, Twin Brooks, S.D., has used cover crops to increase organic matter for 15 years. Covers interseeded into 60-inch corn has been a successful experiment, as the covers have more time and moisture to become established

There are so many different ways to seed cover crops, it can be challenging for growers to choose which one will best suit their operation’s needs and be most effective at establishing the cover. There are pros and cons and costs to each approach, which can make it all the more difficult to figure out which one will work best for your acres.

We talked to 3 no-tillers who have used various methods for getting their cover crops in the ground to find out what’s worked for them, and what obstacles they’ve had along the way. David Kruger of Twin Brooks, S.D., says interseeding cover crops works best for him. Trent Sanderson of Clare, Ill. favors broadcasting for quick and easy results, while Genessee, Idaho, no-tiller Clint Zenner prefers the precision of drilling his cover crops.

David Kruger: I live in northeast South Dakota along the Coteau Hills. I began working for a neighbor as a freshman in high school and began farming a few acres of my grandfather’s farm in 1987. I was first introduced to the concept of no-till when I attended Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, S.D.

I slowly grew my acreage and continued to work for my neighbor, no-tilling my first field…

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Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill is associate editor for the ag division, contributing primarily to Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Farmer, No-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. Hill has a farm background and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Ag Journalism and a minor in Animal Science. She has previously served as managing editor of DairyBusiness and is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and American Ag Editors’ Association.

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