How did no-till help you deal with challenging weather this spring compared to your neighbors who do conventional tillage?

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A: No-till helped us hold on to more moisture in the soil, allowing us to cut a decent wheat crop while dealing with drought conditions. We also will avoid the potential wind erosion issues that our conventional till neighbors may face this summer. In addition, we just planted cover crops on some of our acres and anticipate that we have enough sub-soil moisture to get them up. With a little luck we will catch a rain or two and get a stand good enough to graze. 

    — Clay Pope, Loyal, Okla.

A: One trip did it the first time. No harrowing, no smoothing — we just planted it and left it alone.

 — Ellis Cadenhead, LaGrange, Ga.

A: With the big rain event we had, our no-till had very good water infiltration and no water ponding. The tillage farmers had a lot of water ponding and a lot of their corn drowned out, requiring them to replant.

— Tony Peirick, Watertown, Wis.

A: After no-till/soil health for a few years, our soil has structure and infiltration. This spring, the weather was not a challenge as far as mud goes. I was able to get into the field after a rain a…

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