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On-Farm Research Could Be Your Management Guide


Pictured Above: On-farm research can help no-tillers involve their children in farm management that could be useful as projects done for a local chapter of the 4-H Club or Future Farmers of America. CAPTION

Welcome to my first installment of No-Till Notes. I’m looking forward to writing this column and sharing my no-tilling experiences with you. I hope to provide lots of no-tilling ideas you can use on your farm.

I have been able to maintain a 500-acre family farm at Sparta, Wis., while I have been employed as an agricultural agent and more recently an on-farm ag research coordinator for the University of Wisconsin. Trying out and applying new no-tilling ideas on our family farm has allowed me to be a better teacher, researcher and farmer.

My current research with the university includes using precision agriculture technologies to improve manure management and managing farming systems to improve soil conservation and nutrients. No-till farming definitely shines in the farming system work we are doing, both environmentally and economically.

Good no-tilling mimics Mother Nature, protects our natural resources and allows producers to improve profitability immensely. No-tilling opens the opportunity for larger fields without the risk of erosion, and this opens the door to using larger, more efficient equipment.

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I’ve had many different types of experiences in my agricultural work, which helps me with farming systems research. After growing up on a dairy and crop farm, I attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois for…

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Jim Leverich

No-Till Farmer's Conservation Ag Operator Fellow for 2022, Jim Leverich is a no-till farmer near Sparta, Wis. His 1,000 acre-farm has been in his family since 1864 and no-tilled since 1984. An innovator and educator, Leverich has 35-plus years of no-till and on-farm research experience, and possesses a deep, practical understanding of what makes no-till work. For his contributions while at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service, Leverich was named the No-Till Innovator of the Year (Research & Education category) in 2006. A talented presenter and writer, Leverich was a regular guest columnist for No-Till Farmer in 2011 when it earned the Gold Medal as the nation’s top newsletter from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

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