HEALTHY SOILS. Soil organic matter at Reddick Farms has increased from 1% to 3% over the past 8 years. The Reddicks have also seen a significant decline in soil erosion since going all in on no-till and cover crops in 2018. 

Reddick Farms Goes All in on No-Till and Cover Crops in Kentucky

Father-son duo takes leap of faith after eye-opening experience at National No-Tillage Conference.

No-till is nothing new for the Reddick family. Brad Reddick remembers growing up on the 1,800-acre farm in Bardwell, Ky., watching his father no-till the rolling grounds and conventionally till the creek bottom grounds over 50 years ago. 

But Brad and his son, Joel, are taking the family’s conservation efforts to a whole new level. They were inspired to push their chips forward and go all in on cover crops in 2018, after attending the National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville, Ky. 

“It was a light bulb moment for us,” Brad says. “Attending that conference and listening to the speakers, it turned the tables and made us go in the direction we’re continuing today, especially when it comes to planting green.”

The Reddicks traded in their conventional tillage equipment, and are now 100% no-till, with multi-species cover crops planted on every acre. They recently won the Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award, a prestigious honor recognizing extraordinary achievement in conservation practices. 


FAMILY BUSINESS. The Reddick Family’s 1800-acre operation is the gold standard for regenerative ag in the Bluegrass State. They won the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award in 2022. (L-R): Jordan Reddick, Amy Reddick, Brad Reddick, Ginger Reddick, Larry Joe Reddick, Joel Reddick, Makena Reddick, Jacob Reddick.

“We are grateful to receive the award and also be able to share with other farmers the successes and failures we come across every year,” Brad says. 

Their biggest motivation for taking a leap of faith in 2018 was erosion prevention. Reddick Farms gets nearly 50 inches…

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Noah Newman

Noah Newman started at Lessiter Media in March 2022 as Associate Editor for No-Till FarmerStrip-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. He previously worked in broadcast journalism as a sports anchor/reporter for television stations in central Illinois and most recently Jackson, Mississippi, where he was named the state’s sportscaster of the year by the National Sports Media Association. The Cleveland, Ohio, native looks forward to engaging with growers, learning extensively about their operations, and sharing impactful stories with the audience.

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