Plotting a Course to No-Till, Cover Crop Success

With a focus on no-till and cover crops, Virginia grower Robb Hinton has improved soil health and moved into a better position for increased yields.

STAYING GREEN. Kilmarnock, Va., no-tiller Robb Hinton looks over a field of soybeans double-cropped into wheat. He also raises corn, full-season soybeans and rye on 1,400 acres, and last year seeded 1,000 acres of cover crops.

IF YOU ASK Robb Hinton about what he’s doing on his farm, his answer is he’ll try just about anything.

But one thing’s for sure — he’s satisfied with the decision he made to convert to no-till and start…

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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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