The Most Iconic Covers in No-Till Farmer’s Storied History

Here are some of the best covers No-Till Farmer has published as the magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary.

It’s often been said that a magazine cover is where editors announce their intentions. And our intention over our 50 years of history has been to provide no-tillers with both practical, meat-and-potatoes articles and in-depth content on emerging trends and practices meant to stretch the mind. 

In one survey we sent to readers several years ago asking what cover options they liked, there wasn’t complete agreement on what they liked or didn’t like. But you told us that no-till and soil health is what makes our audience unique and that should often be the focus.

So below are some of the most iconic covers No-Till Farmer has published in its five-decade history. We hope you’ll enjoy this feature and perhaps it will take you back down memory lane a bit. 

November 1972

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This is Page 1 of No-Till Farmer in 1972 when it was under the umbrella of Reiman Publishing. The first edition was 32 pages. “Although we are editing and publishing this new magazine, we feel it is your magazine,” editor Frank Lessiter wrote in his opening column. “No-till farmers and potential no-till farmers are the people we’re writing every article for.” 

February 2006

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Lessiter Media created Conservation Tillage Product Guide (CTPG) in 2006 to provide a number of benefits to paid readers, including longer-form articles, color photography of plants, soils and charts and more pages to showcase the newest products from specialty suppliers. It also addressed ongoing requests by suppliers and confererence sponsors wanting a regular…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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