Is No-Tilled Ground Worth More?

With the introduction of our brand new No-Till Farmer Web site, we’re broadening the lines of communication with our readers. As a result, many no-till topics can now be discussed in-depth and online with other no-tillers around the country.

For example, Jim Owens of Lake City, Iowa, posed the following land sale question a few weeks ago:

“Do you think land that has been no-tilled for 20 years would have a dollar advantage over the same land not no-tilled if sold?

“In Calhoun County, Iowa, no-till has controlled 80 percent of the erosion with assorted Clarion, Webster, Wadena, Canisto and Nicollet soils and 2 to 7 percent slopes.”

Here’s what a selection of No-Till Farmer subscribers who replied online had to say about the land sale question.

Worth $450 More.

The land would be worth $450 per acre more to me if it has been in continuous no-till for that period of time. It’s worth that premium if the buyer is a farmer with experience at making money by no-tilling highly erodible hills.


Value Is There.

I’d be willing to give more for land that’s been no-tilled continuously for 20 years. But there might not be enough buyers out there that realize the extra value which this land has.


Forget Higher Prices.

In north central Iowa, I doubt that no-tilled land would be worth more than tilled ground. It would be bought, worked up and the no-till benefits would be quickly forgotten.

While there are not too many…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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