Jim and Donna Riesberg

What I’ve Learned From No-Tilling: Patience and Like Minds Yield No-Till Success

From his first no-tilled acres to tweaking cover crops, working with a ‘No-Till Club’ helps Jim Riesberg forge ahead.

About 75% OF the acres around me still aren’t no-tilled. I can’t blame them. It wasn’t the easiest change to make, but it’s well worth it in my opinion.

I look at the generations coming up after us in agriculture — such as my son, possibly — and those effected by the decisions I make on the farm, like my daughter and her family, whose drinking water is pulled from rivers in my watershed, and know that no-till is the right choice for my farm for so many reasons.

For my part I’ve long participated in no-till tours and field days, working with the soil conservation district and others to help demonstrate the benefits of no-till. What has long been a help to me on my personal no-till journey, though, is what I call my No-Till Club. 

There was a handful of us in the area that wanted to try no-till in the early 1980s. We were among the first in our area try it so there was a lot of uncertainty. Having the support of other like-minded people helped overcome the doubts.


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NAME: Jim and Donna Riesberg

LOCATION: Carroll, Iowa


ACRES: 650

CROPS: Corn, Soybeans

The first couple of years we went together to rent a no-till planter and had our own little tours and meetings. Several times per year we would get together and go look at our fields. We’d compare notes, get a good look at how the crops were doing…

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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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