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Making No-Till, Cover Crops Work in the ‘Dust Bowl’

Nick Vos is pushing to overcome moisture challenges on his farm in southwestern Kansas by no-tilling and using covers to recycle available nutrients and keep his sandy soils protected.


Pictured Above: PLANTING CORN DEEP. May-planted no-till corn emerges through a layer of cover crop residue on Nick Vos’ farm near Hugoton, Kan. Vos no-tills corn 2-3 inches deep to promote maximum root structure. This technique allows plants to develop five sets of nodal roots to better withstand stress

When Nick Vos came from South Africa to the U.S. to farm, the transition wasn’t an easy one. 

He grew up on a vegetable farm in…

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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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