Cover Crops Improve Soils, Boost No-Tillers’ Cow Herd

Adopting no-till, along with a diverse crop rotation and varied mix of covers, has allowed Chad and Danny Simmelink to grow their bred-heifer program.

Cows and cover crops are a winning combination for Kansas no-tillers Chad and Danny Simmelink.

No-tillers since 2003, the father-and-son team added cover crops to their rotation 3 years later and found covers not only build soil organic matter and reduce erosion, but make an excellent feed source for their bred-heifer program.

Danny Simmelink was a believer in minimum tillage well before the family started no-tilling. He and his father used a “v-blade” for several…

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