Focus on the biology of the soil — instead of the chemistry of farming — and find the most efficient equipment for seeding cover crops. That’s the advice Jasper County farmer Will Cannon gives to Iowa corn and soybean producers who are struggling to establish cover crops on their farms.

Cannon, who grows mostly corn and soybeans on about 1,400 acres with his wife, Cassie, has been farming full-time since 2013. Cannon said he has learned that you can’t manage two years the same way. 

“Many farmers are more familiar with applying ‘X’ amount of chemicals and expecting ‘Y’ result,” he said.

Variables such as weather, soil types, equipment and available help on ...