1994: Ride The No-Till Success Express

Jan. 11-13, St. Louis • 865 attendees

Co-sponsors, along with No-Till Farmer...

American Cyanamid | DowElanco | DuPont Ag Products | Monsanto | Zeneca Ag Products (Syngenta)

“My head is still swimming, as it was impossible to absorb everything presented over the last 3 days...” — Richard Rice, Philo, Ill.

NNTC Insights...

Huge Fuel Savings with No-Till

In an 11-year experiment at the University of Tennessee’s Milan Experiment Station, John Bradley found the fuel costs of no-tilled corn amounted to $4.90 per acre less than conventional tillage. The long-time no-till researcher found corn yields were also higher with no-till.

For no-till corn success, he recommends equipping a no-till planter with plenty of weight, a sturdy toolbar, ¾- to 1-inch ripple coulters, heavy down-pressure springs and cast-iron press wheels.

No-Till Adds Up to Extra Profit

Ray Brownfield has data to show landowners that no-till adds up to additional profits when compared with other tillage systems. The head of Capital Agricultural Property Services in Oakbrook, Ill., says operating costs for an Illinois farm averaged only $33 per acre for no-till vs. $55 per acre on comparable farms doing conventional tillage.

Machinery costs were $142 per acre for no-till while equipment costs for conventional tillage averaged $208 per acre, he says.


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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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