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During the 20th National No-Tillage Conference, Syngenta and No-Till Farmer honored the 16th class of No-Till Innovators.
No-till is widely considered an environmentally sound and economical method of crop management, even as it remains a minority tillage practice among farmers. But the number of farmers practicing no-till keeps increasing, due in part to the endeavors of this year’s award winners.
Each winner has made important contributions to the conservation movement and was chosen based on dedication to the advancement of no-till farming — regardless of the type of crop grown and equipment, seed treatment or crop protection products used.
The four honorees are:
Terry Taylor, a no-tiller from Geff, Ill., for crop production
Randall Reeder, retired ag engineer for Ohio State University Extension, for research and education.
Jamie Scott of J.A. Scott Farms in Pierceton, Ind., for business and service
Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance for no-till organization
Taylor operates approximately 2,000 acres of no-till corn and soybeans in Geff, Ill. He started his own farm in 1975 and is consistently one of the highest-yielding farmers in the county.
Taylor began no-tilling into cover crops in the late 1970s to control erosion and has experienced success with no-till across his entire farm.
Taylor is considered one of the foremost innovators in utilizing cover crops in no-till production for improving soil quality. In an effort to involve others in the no-till discussion and cultivate education, Taylor hosts educational field days on his farm.
He’s helped dozens of local growers…