“I said, "There's going to be farmers that are going to say you're crazier than heck but it's what you take to the bank is what counts.”
Paul Schaffert was an early adapter of no-till farming, or what was called ecofallow. He first employed no-till farming in Nebraska in 1972. His adaptations allowed his acreage to flourish in the early 1970s, a tradition of innovation that spread locally and continues to this day.
Schaffert eventually gave up front-line growing in favor of implement design and manufacture, eventually founding Schaffert Manufacturing Company in Indianola, Nebraska. In partnership with the University of Nebraska, Paul spread his techniques around to other farmers both in his region and nationally.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, Frank Lessiter talks with Schaffert about his early successes in no-till, how innovation continues, how he transitioned from farming to manufacturing, and 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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