Ryan Speer, Kansas farmer, covers the cost of cover crop seeding for his landlords.
A trial-and-error response to problems has shown the way to the eventual healing of soils, crops, cattle, and profitability.
The benefits of no-till and cover crops to soil health are well known. However, the economic advantages of the two practices are harder to quantify.
Switchgrass has long proven its ability to reduce or eliminate wind and water erosion, provide feed for livestock, and offer habitat for wildlife.
Greg Amundson’s years of growing cover crops in northeastern North Dakota have shown him that cover crops can indeed thrive that far north.
The marginal cropland at Daybreak Ranch in South Dakota provides managed grazing for the family’s 350-cow beef herd along with habitat for pheasants and other wildlife.