Roberto Peiretti, a Global Farmer Network member and veteran South American no-tiller and consultant shares insights on measuring the contributions cover crops make to the soil, and advice for managing the complex interactions that are a hallmark of healthy, productive soils.
A founding member of the Argentinian no-till farmers association, AAPRESID, Peiretti says cover crops are an important part of his system in this story by Julia Gerlach, no-tillfarmer.com.
Roberto Peiretti is a fourth-generation farmer, with the fifth generation also engaged in the family farm, located in central Argentina where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, sorghum and sunflowers on eight thousand hectares. With 25% to 35% of the farm double-cropped each year, they are also able to regularly incorporate some pulses and oats as a cover crop annually. Trained as an agronomist, Roberto is a leader in No-Till agriculture systems, on their farm and as an advisor and engineer working nationally and internationally.
Roberto Peiretti volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and was a founding member of AAPRESID (Argentinian No Till Farmers Association) and CAAPAS (American Confederation of No Till Farmers Associations). Roberto was one of twenty-seven farmers that founded Bioceres, an agriculture-related biotechnology company. He is actively engaged in the World Association of Soils and Water Conservation (WASWAC) and was recognized as the WASWAC Distinguished Extensions Award in 2016.