Covers, Controlled Traffic Help Bring Clay Soils Under Control

Cereal rye and cover crop mixes, along with controlled traffic, are helping Tim and Carey Waltz improve their lake bed soils while increasing corn, soybean and wheat yields.

When Tim Waltz first tried no-till in 1983 as a demonstration for a local farm show, it was a dry year and the results weren’t impressive.

But one failure didn’t scare Tim and his brother, Carey, off for good. Looking to control erosion and cut the costs for fuel and labor, they started no-tilling later that decade and progressed to 100% no-till.

Now the Van Wert, Ohio, brothers feel they’ve finally got their no-till system…

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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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