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Every acre covered already for an Ohio farmer

An Ohio no-till farmer says he’s finished planting cover crops for the fall.

 “In my game plan I like to have every acre covered with cover crops, I am pretty well caught up with that.”

Jeff Duling says he’s not finished with harvest yet, but because he participates in the H2Ohio program he has to have cover crops planted by November 1st, which is why he interseeds.

Duling tells Brownfield he designed a tool bar to interseed the cover crop into corn when he applies fertilizer mid-season and when he strip tills.

“We use about four products—annual ryegrass, red clover, some tillage radish, and some rape,” he explains.  “Those are the four products that I find out that can go dormant at V4 when the corn is short, they get started and then once the corn shades it out they go dormant, and now you walk through the cornfields it’s growing again.”

The family has no-tilled for more than 50 years on their northwest Ohio farm in Putnam County.

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