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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Working with At-Risk Soils Leads to Experimentation and No-Till Success

Adding cover crops, winter wheat and making key equipment changes help keep soils in place in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.


Pictured Above: Roger Bindl

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NAME: Roger Bindl

LOCATION: Spring Green, Wis.

FARM: Bindl Farms

YEARS NO-TILLING: 8+

ACRES: 210 acres

CROPS: Corn, Soybeans, Winter Wheat, Alfalfa

While I only truly count myself as being a no-tiller for the past 8 years since I started farming on my own, I’m no stranger to the practice. Of the 210 acres I farm, all but 38 acres are considered Highly Erodible Lands (HEL). The land my father, Wayne “Buzz” Bindl, farmed was similar and I’m sure this was one of the driving reasons he started no-tilling back in the early 1980s.

When he first started, he was no-tilling corn on strips. I can’t be sure of all his reasons for going no-till, but the main motivations for me picking up the practice when I started my own farm were saving fuel and time. Plus, I really do hate to see all that black dirt get washed away by rain. 

Over my years of no-tilling, both on my…

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Martha Mintz

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