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Cover Crop Conversation: Strip-Tillers Share Methods & Modifications

Seeding strategies and selecting varieties were among the topics of conversation during an exclusive roundtable dinner ahead of the 5th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference.

Strip-tillers tend to be naturally inquisitive. So having the opportunity to assemble a diverse group for a candid dinner conversation provided plenty of productive back-and-forth on a range of topics.  

At the table were Henry and Harold Kallal, strip-tillers from Jerseyville, Ill.; strip-tiller Ryan Shaw and his wife, Melissa, from Snover, Mich., along with their farm operator, Bruce Brock; Chris Armstrong, strip-tiller from North Bend, Neb., and his wife, Whitney, along with Chris’ father-in-law, Steve Arneal.

What follows are excerpts from the more than 2-hour conversation, highlighting some of the top takeaways and advice on cover cropping. Read extended highlights of the conversation at www.StripTillFarmer.com.

Bruce Brock: “We assembled an interseeder build out from an old cultivator. We added Dawn’s DuoSeed units and a Salford poly tank and this is the first year we tried it, interseeding some corn acres.”

Harold Kallal: “We used an airplane the first year on about 100 acres of cover crops and it worked great. The next year, we did 400 acres, but it stayed dry from August until about December and nothing grew. We had maybe one plant per acre. So we bought an air seeder to plant cover crops.

“Our plan is to plant cover crops as soon as we can after harvest. Then we’re also going to plant covers into our soybean stubble, then apply anhydrous on the cover crops and see how that works.” 

Bruce Brock: “What type of a mix are you doing? Is it a mix or straight…

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Jack Zemlicka

Jack Zemlicka is the Technology Editor for No-Till Farmer. He covers precision farming practices, products and trends, which can improve efficiency and productivity for no-till farmers.

He joined Lessiter Publications Ag Division in 2012 and also serves as managing editor of Strip-Till Farmer.

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