Bill Jepsen

Flex Cropping in Ione, OR. Farmers in the part of northeastern Oregon OR where Bill Jepsen farms traditionally use a winter wheat–- summer fallow rotation to cope with dry conditions and shallow soils. Bill has developed a flex cropping system that lets him replace fallow with a crop when moisture allows. “Our goal is to make the most amount of profit, over the long haul...and the flexible rotation allows us to sneak in an annual crop when we would have nothing growing...At the same time, we can control weeds and...improve our soils.”


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Sylvia Kantor