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With SHP since 2018
Key Issues:
Cover crops, No-till

Carl Eliason

Renner, South Dakota

Carl Eliason is a fourth-generation farmer on a mission to improve soil health and organic matter on his 240 acres of corn, soybeans, and small grains in Renner, South Dakota. 

After sharing his experiences trying no-till and cover crops on social media, a local Soil Health Partnership field manager reached out to Carl.  He joined SHP because he is interested in gaining real-world experience with soil health practices and wants the scientific evidence to prove the practices work. 

His current trials include no-till versus conventional tillage. He also plans to start trials with aerial broadcasting of rye cover into corn, along with no-tilling soybeans into the rye the following year.

Since implementing no-till and adding cover crops, Carl’s farm no longer has soil moving down the hills, along with minimal erosion. He has also experienced better yields since implementing the 3-way rotation. He prefers no-till to conventional tillage because he feels that the ground is mellow and has less crusting, allowing for better emergence. He also reports using significantly less fuel.

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