ONLY ONE CHANCE SEEDING. Don Glenn seeds soybeans and wheat with a John Deere 1890 no-till air drill at 6 1/2 mph to reduce costly seed bounce.

Get Involved With Continuous No-Till

These two no-till veterans recommend it to build organic matter and improve soil health while relying on precision ag to make it work.

Check The Specs...

NAMES: Don and Brian Glenn

LOCATION: Hillsboro, Ala.



CROPS NO-TILLED: Corn, wheat, double-cropped soybeans, grain sorghum.

Back in 1996, we made a commitment to farm more land without hiring any full-time labor. Thanks to a shift to continuous no-till, precision farming and more efficient equipment, we’ve surpassed our goals.

Today, with only part-time help from family members, we’ve expanded our acreage by 400 percent, cut fuel costs by one-third on a per-acre basis, improved our soil quality and boosted yields. And as far as we’re concerned, precision farming and bigger equipment are integral parts of the no-till system.

Prior to going to continuous no-till, we tried it on double-cropped beans to save labor and improve planting timeliness. After seeing the positive results, we gradually worked the entire crop rotation into no-till. Our last significant tillage was in 1998.

We did a bit of “manicure” tillage after that, to get rid of ruts and smooth out the fields, but in retrospect, we wouldn’t do that again. We can live with rougher terrain by keeping wheel tracks running in the same direction.


We’ve been amazed at the increase in organic matter in just 9 years. Fields that had 0.50 to 0.75 percent organic matter when we started no-tilling have improved to 1.5 to 2 percent, or essentially a 100 percent increase. It’s incredible the effect this has had on the capacity of the soil to produce.


To view the content, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital-only and Premium subscribers. A Print-only subscription doesn't qualify. Please purchase/upgrade a subscription with the Digital product to get access to all No-Till Farmer content and archives online. Learn more about the different versions and what is included.

Ross ron

Ron Ross

Ron Ross pioneered the “What I’ve Learned from No-Tilling” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002. He authored more than 100 of these articles.

A graduate of South Dakota State University’s agricultural journalism program, Ross spent most of his career as a writer and editor.

Top Articles

Current Issue


No-Till Farmer

Get full access NOW to the most comprehensive, powerful and easy-to-use online resource for no-tillage practices. Just one good idea will pay for your subscription hundreds of times over.

Subscribe Now

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings