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6 years in the Soil Health Partnership

Down in the Weeds: Farmer Greg Whitmore discusses improvements through practices like cover cropping.

Tyler Harris, Editor

August 26, 2019

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NATURAL FIT: As someone who raises seed corn and corn for silage, Greg Whitmore is a natural fit for cover cropping.

Editor's note: You can listen to my conversation with Greg Whitmore by clicking on the Soundcloud file embedded in this blog.

This is the sixth year Greg Whitmore has participated in the Soil Health Partnership, a National Corn Growers Association initiative led by farmers such as Whitmore to evaluate how different management practices affect soil health and the bottom line using quantifiable measurements.

In the latest episode of Down in the Weeds, we talk with Whitmore on some key takeaways from his six years participating in the Soil Health Partnership, experimenting with cover crop treatments on a 27-acre plot, and more than 10 years of experience using cover crops on his farm near Shelby, Neb.

As someone who raises seed corn and corn for silage, Whitmore's operation is a natural fit for cover crops. He recently started working with a cattle producer to graze cover crops, taking advantage of a longer window of establishment and grazing mixes that include turnips, radishes and cereal rye.


About the Author(s)

Tyler Harris

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Tyler Harris is the editor for Wallaces Farmer. He started at Farm Progress as a field editor, covering Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Before joining Farm Progress, Tyler got his feet wet covering agriculture and rural issues while attending the University of Iowa, taking any chance he could to get outside the city limits and get on to the farm. This included working for Kalona News, south of Iowa City in the town of Kalona, followed by an internship at Wallaces Farmer in Des Moines after graduation.

Coming from a farm family in southwest Iowa, Tyler is largely interested in how issues impact people at the producer level. True to the reason he started reporting, he loves getting out of town and meeting with producers on the farm, which also gives him a firsthand look at how agriculture and urban interact.

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