Published Feb 16, 2021

Two for One: Cover Crop Seeding Equipment to Save Passes – 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Coupling cover crop seeding with another equipment pass offers a promising way to cut application costs and scale up acres. Learn from these panelists about the innovative ways they are modifying their machinery: an air seeder mounted onto a vertical tillage implement, a Gandy box mounted on a combine head and the Drill Combine.

  • Max Pitt is associate professor of business at Graceland University’s C.H. Sandage School of Business. Max grew up on a family farm in the Loess Hills of western Iowa, and is focused on improving soil and water quality to improve profitability for farmers.
  • Ray McCormick is a fourth-generation farmer from Knox County, Indiana. Ray never tills, and he uses cover crops on his 2,200 acres of non-GMO corn and soybeans. He also manages 2,000 acres of wetlands and woodlands for conservation habitat.
  • Ryan Corrie raises corn and soybeans on his farm in Schuyler County, Illinois. Ryan has used cover crops to improve soil health since 2013.