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Cover Crops: Starting Is the First Step

The right covers can transform tough soils, but no-tillers must fight past early challenges to find what works on their farm, Terry Taylor says.

Terry Taylor has spent much of his adult life figuring out how to unlock the potential of cover crops on his southern Illinois farm.

But it’s clear today that it’s working for Taylor. Cover-crop mixes seeded into his tough, clay-laden soils are soaking up excess moisture, fixing or scavenging nitrogen, spurring earthworm activity and giving corn roots a place to grow.

To be successful with cover crops, it’s important for no-tillers to start with a…

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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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