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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Mistakes Create Win-Wins for No-Tiller Eager to Learn


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NAME: Brad Choquette

ACRES: 990 acres (560 row crops)

LOCATION: Upland, Neb.

YEARS NO-TILLING: 22

CROPS: Corn, soybeans, winter wheat, sorghum and alfalfa and grass hay

Mistakes have led to more than one production practice that has paid off on our farm. Replanting hailed out crops resulted in our current twin-row planting strategy and a load of fertilizer I couldn’t send back helped us achieve soybean crops capable of winning yield contests. In fact, in three out of the last five years I’ve had the highest yields for the local Pioneer yield contest and one of those years I won the territory. No-till wasn’t an accident, but some unintended lessons helped prove it was the right fit for our farm.

Back in the early 1980s, my father used to disc everything twice and then harrow before planting. Most of the time the soil would crust over and it would have to be replanted. It wasn’t the most efficient or effective system, but it’s what they knew to do then. In 1988, Dad borrowed a Noble rolling stalk chopper to manage residue on some corn silage acres. He made one pass to knock the stalks down then planted directly into the more manageable stubble. To his surprise, it resulted in a perfect stand. The very next year he purchased his own Noble rolling stalk chopper and started using ridge-till. It was a great step forward. We were saving fuel and labor, while getting great…

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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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