Two bins on the edge of a field

Grain on the Brain Podcasts

Season 3, Episode 5 – Thoughtful Tillage


Curtis Cavers and Allison Squires talk about the where, how, why and when of thoughtful tillage.

(01:02:41) January 25, 2022

Episode Notes

This episode we have guest host Allison Squires, from Upland Organics, speak with Curtis Cavers, from AAFC, about some of the things to think about before we take the discer to the fields. They also talk about the kinds of tillage that can lead to water and wind erosion and how to balance tillage needed for weed and green manure management and soil health.


Curtis mentioned Manitoba Agriculture’s Soil Management Guide as a great resource in learning more about soils in general and how to manage them:

He also has a book recommendation to check out this winter:

Dale & Carter: “Topsoil and civilization”

Guest Bio

Curtis Cavers

Curtis is the site supervisor for the AAFC-Portage la Prairie sub-station which is part of the Brandon Research and Development Centre.  Curtis has a focus in agronomy and soil science, specifically in the areas of nutrient management, soil health, tillage, water management, precision agriculture and general crop production.

You can contact Curtis at:  or reach him by phone: 204-871-7346

Our guest host for this episode was Allison Squires. You can find out more about Allison and her farm, Upland Organics at

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Manitoba Organic Alliance.


Guest Host: Allison Squires

Narrator: Karen Klassen

Producer: Karen Klassen

Editor: Jason Peters

Podcast oversight committee: Anne Kirk, Jason Peters, Kim Wilton, Tierra Stokes, Marla Carlson, Deb Tuchelt