Number-Crunching No-Tiller Makes Management Strategies Pay

Producing seed, renting combines and growing nitrogen all pencil out for these Montana no-till farming partners.

In an area where dirt, wheat and dirt is considered rotation, no-tiller Scott Glasscock stands out.

With his wife, Traci; father, Gus; uncle Don; and long-time hired man Ryan Dodd, Glasscock Ranch has more than 13,000 acres of winter wheat and spring wheat — typical of the plains surrounding Angela, Mont. But he’s added yellow field peas, lentils and, most recently, dryland corn to the mix.

Shaking up the rotation has really paid off for Glasscock — and he knows because he’s a pro at checking the numbers. Glasscock earned a degree in accounting from Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., but was a farmer at heart and quickly returned to his roots.

“My dad gave me 10 acres to farm with a 2440 John Deere when I was 9 years old and I thought I was in heaven,” Glasscock recalls. “To this day my, dad and uncle are good about letting me try things out. They just always check in to make sure everything is going right.”

And while he’s returned to his passion, a mind for numbers doesn’t go to waste on the farm. Glasscock uses his skills to make sure each of his management strategies truly pay off.

“My experience in accounting always makes me look at the cost and benefit of everything,” he says.

Balancing The Spray Bill.

With more than 20 square miles of farmland to manage, the chemical tab can really add up. Glasscock attempted to offset that expense by raising some pulse crops.


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Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.

Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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