Multi-Tasking Cover Crops Improve the No-Till Bottom Line

With radishes and other covers in his rotation, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan’s Kevin Elmy is smothering weeds, fixing nutrients, building feedstock and reducing his fertilizer bills.

Four years ago Kevin Elmy wasn’t happy with the rate of return he was getting on his canola crop.

Inputs had gone through the roof to around $350 an acre when he factored in seed, fertilizer, chemicals and overhead.

At $10-per-bushel canola he needed 35 bushels an acre just to break even. He realized there were other crops he could grow without having to spend $350 an acre — and one of them was cover…

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