What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Attention to Detail Unlocks Long-Term No-Till Success

It’s the little things that add up to success for this North Dakota no-till veteran.


Pictured Above: Lynn Overboe

THIS MAY SOUND crazy for a 72-year-old to say, but I can’t retire because I’m at the top of my game. My soil is the best it’s ever been. I’ve learned how to overcome issues, identified shortcuts and I’m still learning to be the best custodian of God’s land that I can be. It’s a long learning process to figure out how to work with the land and I don’t want to throw that away now! Especially when I’m still having so much fun.

One thing I’ve learned is that the little things often make or break your success. If you’re not able to sort out the little things holding you back, like sticky soils keeping you from no-tilling or a seed meter calibration issue thwarting your multi-species cover crop experiment, the big changes can’t play out. 

I’ve…

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Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.


Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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