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Rebuilding Soil from Years of Tillage with No-Till, Covers

Peter Rost Jr. is bucking tradition in the Missouri Bootheel by seeding cover mixes, eliminating tillage and focusing on soil health.


Pictured Above: LESS IRON. After making as many as four tillage passes in a growing season, Peter Rost Jr. no-tills 3,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat near New Madrid, Mo., and seeds cover crops through most of his rotation. He recently added Martin closing wheels to his John Deere 1720 MaxEmerge planter (inset) to help close the seed slot in heavier soils

When it comes to adopting no-till, the teachable moment for Peter Rost…

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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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