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Cover Crops Offer Bright Future for Weed Control, Further Conservation

Illinois grower Randy Chapman hopes cover crops will help him move from strip-till to 100% no-till while cleaning up herbicide-resistant weeds.


Pictured Above: PLANTING UPGRADES. Illinois no-tiller and strip-tiller Randy Chapman traded his Kinze planter for this 16-row John Deere 1770. Equipped with Yetter row cleaners and coulters, Keeton seed firmers and Copperhead Ag Furrow Cruiser closing wheels, Randy says the bigger unit will allow him to plant faster if he runs into tight planting windows, which has happened the last several springs

When Randy Chapman started farming with his father, he knew they weren’t going…

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Laura barrera

Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. Prior to joining No-Till Farmer, she served as an assistant editor for a greenhouse publication. Barrera holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Ball State University.

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