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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: From No-Till Novice To Globe-Trotting Educator

Adapting tools and strategies by example have helped Scott Day push zero-till acres to nearly 100% in his region.

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NAME: Scott Day

LOCATION: Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada

YEARS NO-TILLING: 20

ACRES: 2,100

CROPS: Canola, winter wheat, pinto beans, lentils, navy beans, black beans, confectionary sunflowers, yellow peas, marrow-fat peas, durum wheat, spring wheat, prairie spring wheat, feed and malt barley and rapeseed.

The two careers that formed my life for the last 23 years started on the same day. A loan to purchase 320 acres adjacent to my family’s home farm, and an offer for a job as a local extension agronomist for Manitoba Agriculture, were mere hours apart.

Over the year, the two jobs have complemented each other very well. I’ve been able to relate to other farmers in their experiences and help facilitate research to bring no-till in my area to the next level.

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While my father and grandfather had been practicing forms of conservation farming for years, my first real interest in no-till — or zero-till, as we prefer to call it here in Canada — was initially just part of my job.

As I was trying to build awareness and start the practice on my own farm, one of the early directors of the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero-Till Farmers Association told me to get involved with this organization because I would learn a lot more. He was right. And what was once a part of the job is now a passion.

With years of zero-till experience under my belt, I now have the opportunity to travel the world sharing what I’ve learned and experienced…

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Martha Mintz

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