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I think as I enhanced the cover crop and started building up soil biology, I've gotten a lot better in nutrient recycling, which also helps to break down the residue” — Jim Hershey

Pennsylvania no-tiller Jim Hershey ditched the plow more than 3 decades ago to economize on labor and equipment and has never regretted it.

Always interested in researching and learning about new ideas to push his operation to the next level, Hershey implements a lot of side-by-side trials on his farm to verify the results of his experiments.

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers & Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Hershey about some of the practices that have put him on a successful no-till path. Join us as they talk about how planting shorter-season hybrids and varieties helps spread risk, why he likes planting soybeans before corn, how he transitioned to planting green into cover crops, how cover crops have boosted his soil biology, and much more.

P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.







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