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.
The need to build soil was among the reasons the Coulters considered switching from annual crops to perennials.
Using hormones to synchronize heat in cattle lets producers sidestep most of the labor-intensive process and instead breed females on a set schedule.