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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Stepping Up: No-Till, Tile, Cover Crops and Now Organic

Dana, Ind., no-tiller Kelly Cheesewright is always game to take the next step to improve the function, productivity and sustainability of his farm.


Pictured Above: THREE GENERATIONS. Kelly, Karter (4) and Keaton Cheesewright represent the 5th, 6th and 7th generations to farm their little piece of Indiana and Illinois. By the time Karter is running the show, there’s a good chance the farm will have been fully no-till and organic for decades.

What I’m doing isn’t for the faint of heart. I not only want to farm, I want to be profitable, take care of the soil, water and wildlife and make sure my children and grandchildren can keep farming in the future. Doing things the right way — not just the easiest or most profitable in the right here and right now — is what I want to achieve

I’ve taken a lot of steps in the right direction, many of them somewhat blindly, but we’ve survived. Our farm is 100% no-till, we use cover crops, work to retain nutrients, fertilize with manure…

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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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