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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: No-Till and Cover Crops Deliver More From Field and Pasture

What I've Learned from No-Tilling: No-Till and Cover Crops Deliver More From Field and Pasture

Western South Dakota is dry. The last few years it’s been really, really dry. In the drought conditions we see all too often anymore, I’m very glad we no longer till the 750 acres we use to grow forage to help support our 600-head commercial cow/calf herd. 

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