Published Feb 21, 2019

Precision-Seeded Cover Crops

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


As cover crops are more widely adopted, many farmers are experimenting with planting methods to make the most use of their time and resources. Jon Bakehouse has experimented with special plates that let him use his planter to seed cereal rye on 15- and 30-inch rows. Michael Vittetoe has been experimenting with seeding cereal rye on 8-inch twin rows on 30-inch centers using a drill. Both farmers will share their thoughts on these seeding methods and what they plan to do in the future.

  • Jon Bakehouse and his wife, Tina, raise corn, soybeans, small grains, hay and a small cow-calf herd with Jon’s parents as the fifth generation on their family’s land in Hastings. They have been using cover crops and conducting on-farm research for more than five years.
  • Michael Vittetoe is part of a multi-generation family farm in Washington County raising corn, soybeans and hogs. They practice no-till, plant cover crops and participate in on-farm research to improve their practices and be good stewards of the land.