“I’m walking through the old timers’ booth at the state fair and I saw this planter that looked kind of familiar. Then I saw my name on the board, that it had come from me…” — Howard Doster
In this episode, No-Till Farmer editor, Frank Lessiter, chats with retired ag economist Howard Doster, who received a PhD in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University and began working at Purdue in 1968.
Howard reminisces about his first no-till planter, Purdue’s Top Farmer Workshops and working with farmers to get them to use the workshop’s linear program computer budget to test production variables.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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Intro Music: Glenn Campagna - Folk Love
Interlude Music: Willow - Walk Into Forever