Integrating Livestock and Cover Crops for Profit in Kansas

December 13, 2017

Have you ever heard of “graze cropping?” John Stigge, a farmer from northeastern Kansas, owns Stigge and Sons farm, a 2000-acre no-till, cover crop and beef cattle operation. John is an advanced cover crop grazier and in lieu of planting a field for grain production, John plants cover crops and puts cattle out to graze for a whole production year or longer. John and his son Ian will discuss how his integrated crop and cattle system has improved soil health, productivity and profitability.

  • John Stigge along with his son Ian and family farm 2,000 acres of irrigated and dryland cropland in a combination of corn, soybeans, and graze cropping in northeast Kansas. They are currently using graze cropping to switch to and sustain organic grain production.