No-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at no-tilling across North America and the world. Here is our favorite content from the past week:


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Are High-Pressure Water Jet Planters the Future of No-Till?

Susterre is bringing ultra high-pressure water jets from factories to farms to slice through crop residue and inject nutrients to improve row-crop stands and yields. Michael Cully, CEO of Susterre, explains how the water jet works in place of the planter’s coulter and how it makes no-tilling easier for farmers in this video from Progressive Farmer.


Longtime No-Tiller Dennis Hoyle Explains ‘3-Legged Stool’ of Soil Health

Dennis Hoyle, a South Dakota no-tiller and founding board member of the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (a 2021 No-Till Innovator organization), says the three legs of the stool of soil health are infiltration, organic matter and biology. “If you can keep improving those, you’re going to get healthier soil,” he says in this short YouTube video from the USDA NRCS South Dakota.  


On-Farm Trials Teach Iowa No-Tiller Lessons about Stress Mitigation

Harvest is in full swing for Arion, Iowa, no-tiller Kelly Garrett. In this short update from Successful Farming, Garrett shares some of the benefits of his stress mitigation trials that he’s noticed as the leaves drop on his soybeans. “It was a tough year for all crops, but we learned a few things about mitigating stress that will become standard practice for our farm next season.”

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Driving in Steve Groff’s No-Till Fields No Problem Despite 4 Inches of Rain

No-Till Legend Steve Groff, the Holtwood, Penn., grower known for adapting no-till for vegetable production and his enthusiasm about cover crops, proves the power of no-till and cover crops in this video from a rainy day in his field this week. USDA staff in a pickup truck had no problem driving into his hemp field to take soil tests, despite 4 inches of rain in 4 days. It’s a story we love to hear, Steve!

Steve Groff is on our No-Till List of Legends, which honors the outstanding growers, educators and suppliers who played a key role in advancing the no-till practice.


National No-Tillage Conference Speaker Rob Saik Testifies to Farmers’ Role in Sequestering Carbon

Author and agrologist Rob Saik appeared as a witness to the Canadian House of Commons Environment & Sustainable Development Committee this week, testifying to how Canadian producers and agriculture actually sequester more carbon than they emit every year. Farmers capture 150% of their carbon emitted through their crops and soil, Saik says. Watch the first 3 minutes of his testimony in this video he posted to Twitter. SNEAK PEEK FOR OUR BEST OF THE WEB READERS: You'll hear Saik speak about how technology is mitigating risk for no-tillers and “scaling the human brain” at the 2023 National No-Tillage Conference January 10-13.


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SOURCE by Sound Agriculture wakes up the soil microbiome so you can access more nitrogen and phosphorus from your field. This bioinspired chemistry fixes atmospheric nitrogen and unlocks phosphorus that is tied up in the soil. It’s like caffeine for microbes, working with the soil you’ve already got to make your season more productive. Learn more at www.sound.ag.