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My dad put me on a tractor when I was six years old, and I'm still running around on some of that same ground. Not many people can say that.” — Jerry Eitle

Pairing no-till know-how with farm shop savvy, Attica, Ohio, grower Jerry Eitle applies his inquisitive mind to the family farm that dates back to 1833.

After seeing improved moisture retention and residue cover as a result of switching from moldboard plowing to chisel plows, Eitle made the move to no-till more than 30 years ago. 

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers & Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Eitle about the equipment and technology that made it possible for him to make the switch to no-till, including an Aerway aerator and Kinze planters, as well as how he’s been managing nutrient runoff in the Lake Erie basin, why he likes to strip-till corn, learning to plant green and roll down covers 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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