Conservation Training

Improving Soil Health with Cover Crops and a Diverse Crop Rotation

June 15, 2022

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Online

Crop rotations are a proven way to achieve positive results for soil health and improve biological activity and nutrient cycling. Cronin Farms, a no-till operation based near Gettysburg, S.D., has crop rotations down to a science, including forages and cover crops.

Dan Forgey serves as agronomy manager for Cronin Farms, which is owned by Monty and Mike Cronin. The farm transitioned to no-till in 1993 and established a rotational grazing system.
In this webinar, Forgey will discuss how the operation adopted a diversified no-till system in order to focus on improving soil health using cover crops in a rotation of corn, spring wheat, winter wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, flax, field peas and lentils. In addition, he'll talk about:
- Managing soil moisture with cover crops
- How crop residue provides nutrients for the next crop while protecting the ground
- The importance of increasing soil organic matter
- How crop diversity helps control pests and weeds
- The benefits of animal integration
- And much more!