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Embracing the No-Till ‘Greenhouse’ Effect

From interseeding to relay cropping to ‘engineering by inventory,’ Loran Steinlage is building a profitable, divergent no-till operation


Pictured Above: PRECISION NO-TILL. West Union, Iowa, no-tiller Loran Steinlage has seen as much as a 15-bushel yield benefit in corn by interseeding it into cover crops with planters and drills he’s built or modified. Ever in search of increased productivity, Steinlage is converting his 750-acre farm to relay or “companion” cropping to take advantage of synergies from raising several crops together

Several years ago, a trip with friends to look at greenhouses led Loran…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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