In today’s edition of AgriNews, Katie Nikas reports from Roger Wenning’s farm in Greensburg, IN, where agronomists from NRCS and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative touted the virtues of annual ryegrass and cover crops. They’re now referring to this practice as “vertical tillage.”
Barry Fisher, the state agronomist said farmers are looking at using vertical tillage to incorporate tough residue, reduce surface compaction, create good surface residue and distribution and minimize soil carbon loss.
He added: “Minimized biological disruption is key, as well as better nutrient management through cycling,” Fisher said. “In order to achieve 300-bushel corn and 100-bushel beans by 2030, we’re going to have to make some changes to both our water and our fertility and pH.”
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Here are a couple more tidbits from the article:
The cover crop has helped the Greensburg grower from losing nitrogen through the winter months for the last four years.
Wenning’s no-till farming practices have fostered crops with greatly improved root systems and reduced and eliminated sidewall compaction.