As the growing season winds down, Haley Rylander, a masters student working with the Small Farms' reduced tillage project , has been visiting with local farmers who have taken an active role in her research.

Haley is researching the impact of black silage tarps placed on the soil surface prior to planting. These tarps can reduce tillage, suppress weeds, and more. She shared some of these farmers’ experiences on our website, and also offered insight for other small farmers interested in using tarps.