Clover, Cereal Rye Enhance No-Tiller’s 3-Year Rotation

Iowa no-tiller Joe Kriegel uses cereal rye and frost-seeded red clover in a rotation with corn and soybeans to reduce erosion, improve soil fertility and rescue heavily tilled fields.

Sometimes Joe Kriegel cringes when he drives past farms in his county and sees erodible hilltops that have been worked.

There was a time, decades ago, when Kriegel moldboard plowed soybean stubble in the fall for his dad, but that’s no longer the case today on his 2,000-acre farm near Brooklyn, Iowa.

Kriegel and his sons have built a 3-year rotation of narrow-row corn, soybeans and cover crops that has reduced erosion and mellowed once…

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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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