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NAME: Keavin Hill
FARM: Hill Farms
LOCATION: Orient, Ohio, and Maysville, Ky.
YEARS NO-TILLING: 32
CROPS: Corn, Soybeans
I DON’T KNOW if I was just stubborn or what, but I refused to accept that I couldn’t get a good stand through no-till. Now I can happily say we get excellent stands with no-till, but they didn’t come without some growing pains and a lot of tinkering.
Here in central Ohio, I farm a lot of fairly flat acres made up of heavy clay soils. My father and I started toying with no-till in the early 1980s along with several other farmers in the area. We were all just trying to cut expenses and stay in business.
We currently farm about 4,500 acres with 1,500 seeded to corn and the rest to soybeans, which means our rotation consists of 1 year of corn and 2 years of soybeans on some of the ground. However, we try to maintain an every other year rotation on the bulk of our acres.
Our double-crop soybeans after wheat is where we first got our start no-tilling. We liked…