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No-Till, Cover Crops Pay Dividends on Dairy Farm

A pursuit of economical cattle feed leads to full-blown adoption of a diversified no-till, cover crop system.

Fourth generation farmer Derek Van De Hey and his family may not become millionaires overnight, but over the long haul they expect their switch to a 100% no-till, cover crop system will save them nearly that amount, or possibly more.

Derek, who farms with his father, Dave, and his two brothers, Matthew and Ross, says his family didn’t set out to start seeding cover crops when they became become no-tillers in 2007. But once they…

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Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach is managing editor of No-Till Farmer. She has a lengthy background in publishing and a longtime interest in gardening and mycology. She graduated with a B.A. in music and philosophy from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis.

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