New Report Offers Ways to Bring Your Landlord Over to No-Till (And Vice Versa)

Free document highlights the benefits for land value, conservation, funding and more.

The odds are pretty good no-tillers rent at least part of their land and may be looking into the possibility of renting more.

According to the 2022 No-Till Operational Benchmark Survey, 467 owned a combined 305,576 acres of land. Respondents indicated they rented 236,783 acres of land and sharecropped about 86,206 acres of land. That’s a total of 628,565 acres, of which 48.6% are owned and 51.4% are either rented or sharecropped.

While no-till operators have known about conservation measures for years, there is a significant gap in knowledge among conservation practices between them and landlords. The reverse is also true: landlords may want operators to move to conservation agriculture but are uncertain how to address the issue. 

The editors at No-Till Farmer are here to help.

Earlier this month, the magazine published a free special report: How No-Till Improves Your Land Value. In it you’ll find the following:

  • Landlords who want their ground treated well and who are willing to walk away from past tenants to accomplish that.
  • Possible sources for income beyond seasonal yield figures
  • How no-till improves both ecological and monetary land value.

For example, a study from North Carolina state found increasing no-till adoption at the county level by a paltry 1% can increase land values. The increase is about $7.86 per acre across 12 Midwestern states covered by the OpTIS database: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In Iowa, the land value increase is $14.75 per acre.

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Brian o connor

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor started at Lessiter Media as the Lead Content Editor for Conservation Agriculture in November 2021. He previously worked in daily print journalism for more than a decade in places as far flung as Alaska and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he shared a national award for coverage of two Category 5 hurricanes that struck the islands in 2017. He's also taught English in Korea, delivered packages for Amazon, and coordinated Wisconsin election night coverage for the Associated Press. His first job was on a Southeast Wisconsin farm.

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