Perfecting And Expanding A Mature No-Till System

Building on his father’s no-till success, Kevin Trunnell is improving herbicide programs and reducing tillage in vegetable production.

A father-son team in Kentucky with more than four decades of no-till experience is still finding ways to put conservation tillage to good use.

Kevin Trunnell and his father, Edward, no-till and strip-till 1,600 acres of grain corn, sweet corn, soybeans, wheat, tobacco, pumpkins, 15 varieties of gourds and mini gourds and raise a multitude of vegetables. All but the commodity crops are offered for sale at Trunnell’s Farm Market.

The farm market was a project Trunnell started the year he graduated from high school with a small patch of sweet corn and an honor-system roadside market stall. It’s now grown to a farm destination for produce, entertainment and education for the larger cities surrounding the family’s Utica, Ky., farm.

“It was important for us to incorporate tours and education so the children and their parents can learn where food comes from and how it’s responsibly produced,” Kevin says.

Besides the basics, Trunnell also uses signs from the Kentucky Corn Growers Association to educate and facilitate discussion about the benefits of no-till.

Building On Success. Low grain prices nudged the Trunnell farm to go 100% no-till on corn, soybean and wheat acres during the early 2000s. The savings were significant and crops maintained and built yield. With their personal successes, the Trunnells started looking at ways to expand no-till to their tobacco and vegetable acres.

“We tried no-tilling tobacco with a modified no-till setter, but it works better in some soils than others. In our soil types, it didn’t work,”…

To view the full article, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital and Premium subscribers. Please purchase a subscription to get access to all No-Till Farmer content and archives.

Martha Mintz

Contributing Editor

Top Articles

Current Issue

NTF_July_0718_198w.jpg

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.

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings