No-Till, Living Roots Help Make Waterlogged Soils Productive Again

The Uetrecht family is managing moisture with cover crops, tile and long-term no-till to boost corn and soybean yields and keep more of their rich soils on the farm.

Pictured Above: PRESERVING SOILS. Dan Uetrecht (left) and his father Vincent credit long-term no-till, cover crops, filter strips and tile for helping them cut down on soil erosion and boost yields on their farm near Oregonia, Ohio. The farm, which backs up to the Caesar Creek Lake, also has several creeks running through it

Every no-till operation has its challenges. For Dan Uetrecht and his father, Vincent, it’s dealing with moisture.

But with a time-honored…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein was the 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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