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Getting Cover Crops Off the Starting Block

Whether it’s aerial, broadcast, drilling or a highboy, here are valuable tips for no-tillers on the art of properly seeding covers.

Before the many benefits of cover crops can be reaped, the plants must first be successfully established.

As of yet, there is no surefire way to guarantee establishment. But innovative no-tillers and researchers are gaining experience and finding success with a variety of seeding methods, whether it’s aerial, drilling broadcasting or using a high-clearance seeder.

Each method has its benefits, drawbacks and challenges, and no-tillers must choose the option that best suits their timing, climate…

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Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.


Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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