John Burk, Bay City Farmer

John Burk is a 4th generation farmer from Bay City, Michigan where he farms with his father and brother. He owns and operates a 4,000-acre farm where he grows corn, soybeans, white wheat, sugar beets, and malting barley. John began using cover crops on his farm in 2000 and has experience utilizing a variety of cover crops including oilseed radish, winter peas, clovers, cereal rye and spring barley. On any given year, around 1,800 acres of his farmland will be planted to cover crops. In addition to his experience on the farm, John holds a master’s degree in crop and soil science from Michigan State University. He also worked as an ag and natural resources agent for Michigan State University Extension service for several years.

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