Jack Boyer is no stranger to experimentation. As a retired ag engineer, the Reinbeck, Iowa, farmer spent more than 3 decades proactively problem-solving equipment issues.
For the last 10 years, he’s applied his trial and error methods to cover crops and today, utilizes cover crops on 100% of his corn, seed corn and soybean operation. But Boyer acknowledges a successful marriage of strip-till and cover crops takes work and a willingness to learn from mistakes, while also celebrating the successes.
As Jack explains, “In corn, we’ll go in with a burndown application plus 30 units of N per acre with UAN before planting, but we’ll no-till soybeans right into the cereal rye that is almost 4 feet high, then come back with a burn-down within 5 days,” he says. “We find the soybeans are not limited by the rye, but it helps control the weeds.”
In part 1 of today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast Jack details his experience integrating cover cropping practices into his operation, to include examples of nutrient application savings (as much as $30 per acre of N), water infiltration benefits and of interseeding trials.
You can follow along with this podcast by downloading Jack’s corresponding PDF presentation.
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