Michael Vittetoe planted soybeans and then terminated rye with a roller crimper in this Washington, Iowa field. “There were really no weeds to be found,” Vittetoe says. “But literally 1 foot right of where the rye stops in that field, we’ve just got a whole mess of weeds like waterhemp. That just shows you the power of weed suppression that you can get from cover crops.” Michael Vittetoe

Cover Crops, Soil Balancing Contribute to Successful Farm Management

Achieving proper ratio of minerals, humus & pore space makes up foundation for overall farm production

For Washington, Iowa, farmer Michael Vittetoe, his farm operation success is the result of lots of smaller victories on the field and beneath the soil surface. Vittetoe follows a set of cultural practices that he believes will lead to a healthier ecosystem and, in turn, healthier livestock, food and humans. Cover crops and soil balancing are two of the key practices that play vital roles in his production — and they go hand in hand

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Mackane Vogel

Mackane Vogel is the Associate Editor of Farm Equipment, No-Till Farmer, Cover Crop Strategies and other Lessiter Media publications. An avid writer for the last 10 years, he previously served as the editorial intern for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and also wrote for several different sports journalism outlets before joining the Lessiter Media team in 2022. Mackane is a 2020 journalism graduate of Marquette University.


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