FAMILY SUCCESS. Duane Lange (at left in black-and-white photo) has seen plenty of success no-tilling a variety of crops with his sons Joey and Jacob, pictured alongside him. “While many of our thoughts and strategies have stayed the same, plenty of our practices have changed or been refined, too,” Duane says.

Tweaks and Adjustments Keep No-Till Success Rolling Long Term

Excerpts by Ron Ross

“No-Till is not a machine, not a crop and not residue. Instead, no-till is a combination of all the critical things you need to produce the best crop with the least cost and the most sustainability. That’s been our farm goal for the past quarter century.”  

This statement is from the 2003 What I’ve Learned From No-Tilling feature on the Ord, Neb., farm I work with my sons Jacob and Joey. At that point we had been practicing reduced tillage for 27 years and no-tilling for 23 years. Today, we’re inching up on a remarkable 40 years of no-tilling and that statement couldn’t be truer than it was then. The cumulative effect of our practices has our farm producing more efficiently and sustainably than ever.

Reading back through the article, it was interesting to see how we got started on paths we’re still following to this day. While many of our thoughts and strategies have stayed the same, plenty of our practices have changed or been refined, too. In this article, I’ll take a walk down memory lane to see just how far we’ve come.



NAME: Duane Lange

FARM: Landmark Farms

LOCATION: Ord, Nebraska


ACRES: 750 irrigated 1,000 dryland
CROPS: Corn, Soybeans, winter wheat, sunflowers and grain sorghum

Less Is More

2003 — “We sprayed and planted corn into a 60-acre field of untilled wheat stubble in 1980. That turned out to be the driest summer we’d ever recorded,

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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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