No-Till, Covers Provide Buffer for Higher Yields, Better Soils

Ohio no-tiller Jim Carter Jr. finds breaking from tillage and adding cereal rye and other covers improved corn and soybean yields, and greatly benefited his soils.

Jim Carter Jr. recalls when he was in high school and looking at soil tests taken from his father’s farm in North Baltimore, Ohio.

The tests revealed the farm’s organic matter was around 2.1% to 2.2%. Good levels, he was told, and he’d be lucky if they ever reached 2.5%.

Today on his farm, organic matter levels are at least 2.5% and reach as high as 4% — one of the many testaments to the…

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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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