Farmer Jim Biddle cooperated with Penn State Extension and King’s AgriSeeds Inc.
Various cover crop mixes interseeded into MCT 5375 corn, June 18, 2015
Mill Hill Farm is a no-till dairy farm in Williamsburg, Blair County, PA. Jim Biddle is the owner and also a Certified Crop Advisor, in addition to running the on-site business, Mill Hill Farm Supply.
The farm’s soil preservation philosophy is to keep as many acres covered for as many days of the year as possible, in order to feed microbes that help build soil health and structure. To that end, every possible acre is double-cropped.
Everything is no-tilled – as Jim puts it, “my vertical tillage equipment is my corn planter and my no-till drill, and that’s it”. The farm is 570 acres and has 285 mature cows and 250 replacements. The typical rotation is three years of corn silage, followed by three years of alfalfa-grass. Triticale forage is included in half of the corn acres, in rotation with the corn. A third of this triticale is blended with crimson clover, and a third is blended with radish.