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Water, while usually so beneficial to growers and their crops, is a common challenge for southern Illinois growers, according to John Pike, a former University of Illinois Extension educator and research agronomist.

Through his research, John has gained insight on how implementing cover crop systems in conjunction with strip-till and no-till can increase maximum return on water and nutrient resources.

Working for the last 4-years on a farmer-initiated project, originally funded by SARE in Illinois, John has tested and analyzed the effects of “precision seeding” different cover crop species in relationship to the row vs. a broadcast application or drilling in a uniform mix.

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, John shares some of the results and research-based advice for pairing targeted cover cropping with conservation tillage to maximize water and nutrient retention.

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