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The Next Step in No-Till: Planting into Living Covers

Pennsylvania no-tillers Lucas Criswell and Jim Hershey extend and advance the benefits of cover crops by planting directly into them.


BIG COVERS. When Lucas Criswell started no-till planting into living cover crops, the covers were about 15 inches tall. Today, he plants into covers that grow to 3 or 4 feet high, saying they’re the key to protecting the soil from erosion and building soil health.


If no-till isn’t enough to stop erosion, what is?

Lucas Criswell believes the answer is big cover crops.

The Lewisburg, Pa., no-tiller does some custom application work for other…

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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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