Cover Crops

Uncover the latest information on different species of cover crops and their benefits; tips on the equipment used to seed them; and how strip-tillers are using covers on their farm operation to improve their strip-till systems.

ARTICLES

[Podcast] Be the Plant: Benefitting Plant Health with Farm Management Decisions

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we chat with independent crop consultant Dorian Gatchell of Minnesota Agricultural Services about why he says it’s important to try to think like a plant and how that simple change in mindset can help farmers make wise management decisions on their operations.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we chat with independent crop consultant Dorian Gatchell of Minnesota Agricultural Services about why he says it’s important to try to think like a plant and how that simple change in mindset can help farmers make wise management decisions on their operations.
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[Podcast] The Three-Legged Stool of Soil Health with Jeremiah Durbin

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we chat with Jeremiah Durbin, independent crop consultant, Sustainable Legacy Consulting; soil health specialist and Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts, about those physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil health and how he uses his mechanical background to help trouble-shoot issues in the field.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we chat with Jeremiah Durbin, independent crop consultant, Sustainable Legacy Consulting; soil health specialist and Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts, about those physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil health and how he uses his mechanical background to help trouble-shoot issues in the field.
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2 Surprising Ways to Use the SoilWarrior

When most farmers think about the SoilWarrior system, terms like strip-till, fertilizer placement, soil health and heavy-duty construction probably come to mind. Not many may think about it as a way to apply cover crops or plant soybeans, but that’s just what some SoilWarrior owners are doing. The Building Healthier Soil and Profits with Strip-Till series is brought to you by Environmental Tillage Systems.
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[Podcast] Building Healthy Bug Populations for Better Strip-Till Crops

<p>For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, we caught up with Mike Bredeson, a research scientist with the Ecdysis Foundation, where he studies the interdependence of plants and insects alongside innovative farmers who are seeking to create healthy soils while growing resilient and profitable crops.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, we caught up with Mike Bredeson, a research scientist with the Ecdysis Foundation, where he studies the interdependence of plants and insects alongside innovative farmers who are seeking to create healthy soils while growing resilient and profitable crops.
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Reducing Input Costs with Cover Crops: Part 1

In part 1 of this 2-part series on the economics of cover crops, GO SEED explores how they can help reduce input costs

From farmers using cover crops in rotations to field experts alike, one of the most common questions they get asked is "The principle of cover crops makes sense, but how much are they going to cost me?” But according to Jerry Hall, Director of Research for GO SEED, this question needs to be flipped on its head with farmers asking, “How much can cover crops save me?”


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[Podcast] Making Environmental Gains with Strip-Till, Cover Crops

In this episode of the <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Sound Agriculture, we caught up with Riceville, Iowa, strip-tiller Eric Hawbaker to hear about how strip-till has helped him improve soil health and achieve better emergence, even on corn-on-corn acres.
In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Sound Agriculture, we caught up with Riceville, Iowa, strip-tiller Eric Hawbaker to hear about how strip-till has helped him improve soil health and achieve better emergence, even on corn-on-corn acres.
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Building a Tailored Strip-Till System Through Targeted Trials

Always seeking his strip-till sweet spot, Wisconsin grower Ryan Nell is achieving success through experimentation with equipment, timing of operations and nutrient management.

Ryan Nell and his father, Ron, are innovators when it comes to the 2,200-acre family farm in Beaver Dam, Wis. However, they don’t adopt new practices without first researching them and conducting their own on-farm trials to optimize methods for their operation. 


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Seeding Strip-Till Sustainability Through Efficiency, Precision

Combining targeted nutrient management with precision technology and the power of living roots, strip-tiller Ben Pederson is implementing regenerative practices from the ground up.
Fostering an ethic of land stewardship while operating a profitable, efficient farming operation is a compelling mission, and one Ben Pederson has been following for the past decade.
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Structuring a Strip-Till Fertility Program: Lessons Learned & Goals Achieved - Donn Branton - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Constantly evaluating the form, rates and placement of nutrients can make the difference between profitability and not farming at all. This is a philosophy that strip-tiller Donn Branton and his son, Chad, subscribe to on their 1,500-acre operation in LeRoy, N.Y., since adopting the strip-tillage more than 12 years ago. Deep placement of fertilizer, multiple nitrogen applications and nutrient management trials have contributed to a 40-bushelper-acre boost in some corn fields. “Every decision we make on the farm is an investment,” Branton says. “We’ve stuck with strip-till, cover crops and other practices because they improve our soil, yields, the environment and our bottom line.” Branton will share results of on-farm nutrient management experimentation and detail his strategies for improving your yields and soil health with a conservation-minded fertility program.

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Building Soil Health & Structure with a Bio Strip-Till System - Dustin Mulock - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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For the last 10 years, Woodville, Ont., strip-tiller Dustin Mulock has been building and refining a combination no-till/strip-till system. Integrating different pieces of equipment, fertility methods and cover crops put him on a productive path to bio strip-till. This approach complements his twin-row, strip-till setup for corn and soybeans and has helped increase yields by 25%, while also naturally building nutrient levels in his mostly sandy loam soil. Mulock will detail the development and results of his bio strip-till system, to include fertilizer application equipment modifications and experimentation with more than a dozen different cover crop species.

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Putting Together a Practical Game Plan for Adding Cover Crops in Strip-Till - Trent Sanderson - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Incorporating cover crops in strip-till is an increasingly popular part of a comprehensive system. But selecting the most beneficial varieties or mixes along with the most practical seeding methods can be a challenge. Clare, Ill., strip-tiller Trent Sanderson has utilized cover crops for several years on his family’s 2,000-acre operation, and recently started his own cover-crop seed dealership. He will discuss the soil and nutrient retention benefits of his experimentation with cover cropping methods in strip-till to include interseeding cereal rye with a homemade machine.

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Stacking Up Nutrient Stewardship Benefits with Strip-Till - David Myerholtz - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Farming in an area that drains directly into the Western Lake Erie Basin, Gibsonburg, Ohio, striptiller David Myerholtz intensively manages nutrient application on his 1,500-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation. With an emphasis on the 4Rs of nutrient management, he’s adapted cover crops, split nitrogen applications and variable-rate fertilizing to reduce erosion and runoff. Myerholtz will share his experience and evolution with developing a comprehensive fertility program based on the four cornerstones of nutrient management in strip-till.

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Creating a Biological Architecture for Strip-Till Success - Tim Smith - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Building a sustainable strip-till system and strengthening soil structure are cornerstones of Tim Smith’s corn and soybean operation in Eagle Grove, Iowa. A commitment to the NRCS’s Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) has helped Smith limit erosion, reduce fertilizer application costs and increase equipment and fuel efficiency. “The biggest return with strip-till is greatly reduced soil loss,” he says. “My soil holds up better in adverse conditions by having more residue on top to preserve structure.” Smith will share how the addition of cover crops, refinements to his nutrient management practices and the introduction of a bioreactor have contributed to a comprehensive strip-tilling strategy.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

Choosing & Implementing the Right Cover Crops for a Strip-Till System - Joel Gruver - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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Since 2007, Dr. Joel Gruver has been a professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture in the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. He’s conducted intense research tied to cover crop usage in conservation-tillage systems and organic grain production. Gruver will focus on the integration of cover crops within strip-tillage systems and explore key opportunities and challenges based on recent research results and the experiences of innovative farmers using both strip-till and cover crops. He will also discuss the impact of cover crops on nutrient availability and soil moisture dynamics within strip-tillage systems and also consider the compatibility of cover crops with current strip-till technology and potential new technologies.

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2014 Speaker Presentations

Examining Various Cover-Cropping Methods With Strip-Till - Kelly Cooper - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Kelly Cooper will share the cover-cropping experiences of strip-tillers within the Conservation Cropping System Project. The project manager from Forman, N.D., will share a number of practices, including both traditional cover cropping and a form of biological strip-till where radishes and peas are planted in 30-inch rows to create a natural strip to plant into in an effort to reduce in-row erosion. View

EVENTS

Live Event

2022 National No-Tillage Conference

1/4/22
Galt House Hotel
140 N Fourth St
Louisville, KY
United States
For more than a quarter of a century, the National No-Tillage Conference has been providing the practical tips and information you need to run a more successful no-till operation. In our 30th anniversary year, we’re ready to do it again as our event returns to beautiful downtown Louisville, Ky., at the legendary Galt House Hotel. Read More

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2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

7/28/22
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, IA
United States

Discover 2-days of cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies in Coralville, Iowa., July 28-29. Join the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy.

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