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Bio-Rehabbing Soil with Strip-Till & Cover Cropping

Reduced tillage and year-round cover cropping make Mike Verdonck’s farm operation near Montreal, more profitable and resistant to a punishing northern climate.

For Canadian strip-tiller Mike Verdonck, weed pressure, erosion and a reliance on heavy herbicide and fertilizer applications are all symptoms of “sick” soil. 

The antidote? Reducing tillage, moving to a year-round, multi-species cover cropping system and putting a focus on rebuilding and maintaining soil health. 

Verdonck farms 2,500 acres of mostly corn and soybeans near Montreal, Quebec. Farming heavy clay soils, his latitude exposes him to difficult climate challenges, compounded by more than a decade…

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