Tag Archives: Ralph Upton

Mike Plumer – Granddaddy of Modern-day Cover Crop Advocacy

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before we had met Mike Plumer, he already had more than a decade of advocacy and research into no-till farming and cover crops, especially annual ryegrass. At the time, Mike was an … Continue reading

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Pioneer of Cover Crops and Annual Ryegrass Talks Dry Year Benefits

Ralph “Junior” Upton (Springerton, IL) began using cover crops (buckwheat and hairy vetch) in the 1980s, mainly to reduce erosion on his hilly acres. In the 90s, he began looking for a cover crop to break up the hardpan soil … Continue reading

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Field Day on Cover Crops – Annual Ryegrass – on Aug. 15 – IL.

Illinois Field Day Demonstrates Cover Crop Benefits: Soil, Crops & Water Contact: Terry Taylor – 618-599-8820; tntfarm@wabash.net Mike Plumer – 618-364-2219; plumermike@gmail.com “Field days allow you to see data in real life, not just on paper,” says Terry Taylor, a … Continue reading

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