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.

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Productivity Meets Conservation with Perennial Groundcovers & Strip-Till

Planted only once, perennial groundcovers offer same benefits as traditional cover crops but require less management

“A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself”, said Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Dust Bowl era. Strip-tillers are acutely aware of the need to maintain productivity while conserving soil with practices like cover cropping, but finding time to manage cover crops annually can be a big challenge.


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[Podcast] Benchmark Study Reveal with Michael Petersen: Strip-Till Proves Resilient in Drought Year

On this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, veteran agronomist Michael Petersen reacts to new data revealed for the first time from the 2024 Strip-Till Farmer Benchmark Study.
On this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, veteran agronomist Michael Petersen reacts to new data revealed for the first time from the 2024 Strip-Till Farmer Benchmark Study.
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Improving Soil & Water Quality with Strip-Till & Cover Crops

Davenport, Iowa’s, Robb Ewoldt implements innovative conservation practices to boost his bottom line while improving the environment.
Robb Ewoldt relies on what he calls “the trifecta” to boost yields while improving soil and water quality at the same time. The trifecta includes nutrients (timing and placement), equipment (technology to cut down on fertilizers) and cover crop/edge of field conservation practices.
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[Podcast] Remembering Iowa Ag Secretary, USDA Leader & Strip-Tiller Bill Northey

On this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we honor the life and legacy of the late Bill Northey with a look back at his keynote presentation from the 2015 National Strip-Tillage Conference about applying science and technology to improve strip-till operations.
On this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we honor the life and legacy of the late Bill Northey with a look back at his keynote presentation from the 2015 National Strip-Tillage Conference about applying science and technology to improve strip-till operations. 
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[Podcast] Spring Strip-Till Tips, New RTK Technology & More at 2024 National Farm Machinery Show

On this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we share highlights from our recent visit to the 2024 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
On this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we share highlights from our recent visit to the 2024 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
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Cover Crop Strategies Volume 1

$15.95
The editors of Cover Crop Strategies and No-Till Farmer created this 24-page special report to share ideas on getting covers established, using a roller-crimper for termination, successfully integrating livestock into a cover-crop system and using covers to transition away from an overdependence on herbicides and fertilizers.

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Cover Crop Strategies Volume 4

$15.95

With this 16-page, newly-released edition of Cover Crop Strategies, you’ll discover how many graziers realize profitable returns from using cover as high- quality forage. Read how cover crop rotation paired with a grazing system completes a no-tiller’s holy grail of soil health. You’ll also hear from the late cover crop expert Dave Brandt as he discusses his best practices for getting the most out of cover crops.

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Getting a Jump on Tough No-Till Weeds

Getting a Jump on Tough No-Till Weeds

$12.95

Take a systems approach to weed management with this 24-page report. Discover how-to tips and information on killing five of the most infamous weeds you face today, as well as proper tank-mixing strategies and rules to follow using new herbicide formulations like dicamba.

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Cover Cropping Triple-Play Package

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This 3-report package offers a trifecta of top-notch reports exploring the most critical cover cropping information you need to know. You'll learn the newest cover cropping options, explained in easy-to-understand terms so you can put them into practice immediately. View
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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

$19.95

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

$19.95

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

$19.95

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

$19.95

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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Covering Up, Part 3: Branching Out With Your Cover Crop Program

$15.95
Looking to go from a single species to a cover crop cocktail, or to drastically reduce your fertilizer bill, or to extend the life – and benefits – of your covers by planting into them? Check out these success stories, learning experiences and new ideas to help you achieve your next cover-crop goal with No-Till Farmer’s third installment on cover crops. View

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