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Cover Crop Explosion Takes No-Till Back To Its Roots

Legumes, brassicas, grasses and more have re-emerged as a way to help no-tillers reduce input costs and increase yields.

Like fashion from your favorite decade, cover crops have come full circle and are once again en vogue.

Just two short generations ago, cover crops were standard procedure on family farms. Life was different then, though, as small family farms had a variety of animals and planted a diverse selection of crops to support themselves and their livestock.

There was no synthetic fertilizer. Farmers had to come up with their own by growing legumes or…

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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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