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Practice makes perfect is a phrase often used to describe experimental efforts for fine-tuning a method or system, and achieve a desired outcome.

But when it comes to integrating cover crops into strip-till, perfection may be unattainable, or at the very least, the definition of perfection is different for every farmer.

Since 2007, Dr. Joel Gruver, professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture in the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., has conducted intense research tied to cover crop usage in conservation-tillage systems and organic grain production.

Gruver has collaborated with a diverse group of innovative farmers, studying their approaches and results for use of cover crops, to include the impacts of nutrient availability and soil moisture dynamics.

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, Gruver shares some of the key takeaways from his on-farm collaboration with farmers on how they’ve utilized cover crops as a systematic puzzle piece.







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