Alan Weber discusses his use of cereal rye and other cover crops on his farm near Nelson, Mo., where he runs a diversified crop and livestock operation. He’s found cereal rye is especially useful in reducing pigweed and waterhemp pressure and cover crops as a whole are saving him $35-$50 an acre on hay needed for grazing.
Elk City, Okla., no-tillers Spencer Smith and his father, Jimmy Smith, talk about the Dalton Ag Mobility 600 fertilizer applicator they use to broadcast cereal rye into standing cotton, which is planted in 40-inch rows. The machine is PTO-driven and the Smiths can travel 6-7 mph to cover a lot of ground efficiently. The family has been seeding cereal rye on their farm for decades and say rye seeding between the rows has helped suppress weeds and markedly improve water infiltration and soil retention.
At the Southern Soil Health Conference in Ardmore, Okla., Jon Heerman discusses how cover crops have helped decrease weed pressure on his Haxtun, Colo., farm, where he no-tills wheat, rye, field peas, oats, milo and sunflowers.
I never was one to like tillage. It just didn’t make sense. You would go through and make a perfect seedbed to plant into and then, without fail, you couldn’t get back in the field with the planter before it would rain. Then you would have to start all over again.
Addressing a gathering of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water, Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., shares a presentation on the impacts on water quality that can be realized by utilizing regenerative ag practices, such as growing cover crops, reducing soil disturbance, maintaining soil armor, and integrating livestock.
Wisconsin-area farmers — come hear what the Ozaukee Demo Farmers and Clean Farm Families will be doing in 2020, learn about ways to avoid and deal with compaction issues, get advice on no-till planter setup and more.
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