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Cover Crops

Buffering the Soil with Long-Term Cover Cropping

Jeff Olson is protecting soil and improving water infiltration with a mixed bag of application methods and plenty of patience.
Jeff Olson isn’t afraid to step outside his comfort zone. A 5th-generation corn and soybean farmer in Winfield, Iowa, Olson attributes part of his willingness to take risks and try new things to his years of experience.
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No Stone Unturned in Quest for Healthy Soils

Northwest Ohio no-tiller solves soil health puzzle with plant diversity, cover crops and heavy focus on water quality.

One of the first things you’ll notice when pulling up to Les Seiler’s house is the personalized license plate on his car, with the letters “NO TIL.” Before you even shake the jovial farmer’s hand, it’s clear how enthusiastic he is about conservation ag, specifically soil health.


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No-Tilling Wheat for Improved Workload, Bottom Line

Ohio no-tiller Nathan Brause says unspectacular profits shouldn’t deter adding wheat to crop rotation.
Nathan Brause thinks he should have listened to his forebears. The Sulphur Springs, Ohio, no-tiller inherited a farm that featured a three-crop rotation of corn, soybeans and wheat that had been in no-till when his grandpa farmed the land.
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Reddick Farms Goes All in on No-Till and Cover Crops in Kentucky

Father-son duo takes leap of faith after eye-opening experience at National No-Tillage Conference.
No-till is nothing new for the Reddick family. Brad Reddick remembers growing up on the 1,800-acre farm in Bardwell, Ky., watching his father no-till the rolling grounds and conventionally till the creek bottom grounds over 50 years ago.
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Alfalfa, Red Clover can Furnish N for Following Crops

Legumes still can provide valuable N to today’s cropping systems. Legumes also contribute a non-nitrogen rotation effect due to addition of soil organic matter and improvement in soil health. Corn grown following alfalfa stands that are 2+ years old (and contained at least 50% alfalfa) require no nitrogen fertilizer on many soils. Red clover N credits are less than for alfalfa.


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Diversified Crops and Grazing Cattle Provide No-Till Benefits

Northwest Kansas no-tiller says his soil building and nutrient cycling didn’t start until he added livestock to his diversified farming operation. He credits grazing and cover crops for erosion control and yield increases.
When Michael Thompson was 18 he envisioned himself joining his parents in their farming operation in northwestern Kansas and becoming a dedicated, 100% cash grain farmer. However, life and generations of conventional farming got in the way.
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