Dale Gies

Mustard Cover Cropping in Moses Lake, WA Dale Gies has developed an intensive irrigated rotation of wheat, followed by mustard cover crop in the first year and potatoes in the second year. Despite its intensity, this rotation successfully suppresses soilborne diseases and nematodes, allowing him to intensify his rotation and cut fumigation costs while improving soil health. Dale also grows vegetable and cover crop seed crops, and consults with farmers around the world about improving disease control through rotations and cover cropping. “We’re able to produce good yields, good quality, and improve the soil while we’re doing it.”

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Sylvia Kantor