The sky is the limit for cover crops

With an aerial cover crop seeding demonstration, nearly 400 attendees learned that the sky is the limit for no-till and cover crops at the Ohio No-Till Field Day this month on the David Brandt farm in Fairfield County.

Attendees got to see Butch Fisher aerial applying cover crop seed to a soybean field at the Ohio No-Till Field Day on Sept. 13, 2012 on the David Brandt farm in Fairfield County. Photo by Randall Reeder.

Other topics at the event included: planter and drill set up and adjustment; choices, benefits, and seeding methods of cover crops; soil pit; insect issues; soil compaction and controlled traffic; and USDA cost share. Keynote speakers included 
Gabe Brown, a nationally-known no-tiller from North Dakota who uses a variety of cover crops to increase crop yields and improve soil quality and Bill Lehmkuhl, a crop consultant who speaks nationally on corn planter setup and adjustment for optimum performance.

Also at the event were cover crop plots (planted after wheat harvest) that showed the above and below ground benefits of single crop and blended cover crops and corn planter setup demonstrations (both good and bad). There were also demonstrations on drilling a blend of cover crop seed.

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