On the right are freshly planted corn rows. On the left you can see the strip till lines that were made last fall. The GPS guidance makes sure the seeds are planted right into the nitrogen rich strips that are the ideal seed bed. Also, the “dead stuff” on the left is cereal rye that we planted last fall as a cover crop. The rye grows in early spring with an amazing root system that greatly benefits the tilth of the soil. This is the only purpose of the rye, we killed the rye just prior to planting corn. Cover crops are just one more way that we take good care of our soil; it is important to us to be good stewards of the land.