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Cover Crop Enthusiasm Helps No-Tiller Get More With Less

Spurred on by a payoff in soil quality and reduced inputs, Missouri no-tiller Bruce Bartlett is overcoming cover-crop challenges to improve his no-till system.

Cover crops are driving the roots of Bruce Bartlett’s corn a little deeper into the southwest Missouri soil and delivering bonus fertility to boot.

Even though the Lockwood, Mo., no-tiller has learned a few lessons the hard way over the past couple of years, Bartlett discovered that he can use cover crops to improve his soil and reduce fertilizer inputs.

Bartlett, who has been no-tilling since 1996, credits USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) district…

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