Soy well-suited for trying regenerative farming practices

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Soy well-suited for trying regenerative farming practices

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

It’s time to publish your Farm of the Future report. I am Tim Hammerich.

Perhaps the easiest route to more regenerative farming practices lies with soybeans. While farmers are encouraged to reduce tillage and incorporate cover crops, not all systems are going to respond the same. Dawn Equipment CEO Joe Bassett says farmers who want to try these practices can get more reliable results by focusing on soybeans first.

Bassett… “Growing soybeans in a grain rye roller crimp system is very low risk. We can do this and produce fairly consistent results. And it’s a system where you can go from multiple passes of herbicide to one pass of herbicide. To the right? So if you’re looking at a soybean system with one pass of herbicide, you’re using a thick carpet of cereal rye for weed control. It’s a well-understood system that there’s no reason you shouldn’t see that scaling higher and higher because the results are there, and it’s relatively simple.

Corn, says Bassett, is trickier.

Bassett… “When you start getting into corn systems, everything gets a lot more complex. But there are reasons for optimism. I mean, if you look at how many acres of soybeans are grown in this country, that’s a lot of acres. This makes the needle move a lot.

This hands-on approach to soil health makes it more accessible to farmers who want to consider trying new practices.

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