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 from across the web:


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For growers motivated to improvement through change and technology, TOTAL ACRE is a 3-year program where hundreds of growers nationally learn from two of the highest-yielding farmers in the world, Randy Dowdy and David Hula. Each Total Acre grower benefits from four 2-day farm camps every year, a dynamic customized software system and a community support that extends well beyond the program.

See David and Randy at the 2023 National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis!


Iowa No-Tiller Highlighted in New Agricen Documentary

Last Stand, a new documentary from Agricen focusing on the challenging 2020 cropping season, features several corn growing champs, including no-tiller Kelly Garrett of Arion, Iowa. “We planted a high population to try to take a shot, and it’s more susceptible to wind. We thought that we had a shot at something special, and Mother Nature took it,” Garrett says after a storm devastated his contest plot. The 20-minute documentary also features National No-Tillage Conference favorite Dr. Fred Below from the University of Illinois.

Kelly Garrett

The Happiest Earthworms on the Planet?

Forbes business magazine caught our attention with its Nov. 23 feature article, “Preaching The Gospel Of Living Soil With No Till Kings.” We soon learned that it was examining a “different” kind of crop production than we expected to see. Nevertheless, John Q. Public is learning more about the benefits of no-tillage.

“We’re a really small company and we’re obsessed with weed,” says No Till Kings co-founder Jake Taylor, right, with co-founder Marco Schwab, left.

Strategies for Transitioning to No-Till in Alberta

With the current prices of equipment, labor and diesel, now is “probably the most expensive time ever to be doing tillage,” according to farm management consulting company Top Tier Farming. In this YouTube video, Top Tier Farming shares some practical strategies for transitioning to no-till in the Edmonton, Alberta, area. (P.S. We’d also recommend listening to this podcast with Fairview, Alberta, no-till innovator Jason Casselman for more advice about making no-till work so far north.)


How Much Do Farmers Actually Make on Food?

The Farmer’s Share, a new tool from the National Farmers Union, shows just how little farmers make on every food dollar spent in the U.S. The USDA estimates farmers and ranchers receive only about 14.3 cents of every food dollar, while the rest goes to marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. While still frustrating, the average is actually 8 cents higher now due to increased input costs, researcher Muriel Strand notes in the Practical Farmers of Iowa discussion group.

The Farmer's Share

No-Till November Brings Educational Opportunity for Wisconsin No-Tiller

A Milwaukee-based news crew visited long-time no-tiller Ross Bishop of Jackson, Wis., to learn about No-Till November. “Farmer Ross” took the cameras on a tour to teach his nearby city and suburban neighbors about the benefits of no-till and cover crops. It’s one of many ways he and the Cedar Creek Farmers watershed group, a 2022 No-Till Innovator award recipient, spread the word about conservation practices. Learn by example from Bishop and Stanley Miller at the 2023 National No-Tillage Conference, where they’ll present on their farmer-led initiatives.

No-Till November: Wisconsin farmer shares benefits of not tilling land

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For growers motivated to improvement through change and technology, TOTAL ACRE is a 3-year program where hundreds of growers nationally learn from two of the highest-yielding farmers in the world, Randy Dowdy and David Hula. Each Total Acre grower benefits from four 2-day farm camps every year, a dynamic customized software system and a community support that extends well beyond the program. 

See David and Randy at the 2023 National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis!