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“You can’t make something out of nothing. If you want to keep your organic matter high, you need a living cover crop that’s going to make something for you…” — Bill Haddad

A strong interest in conservation got Bill interested in no-till in the early 1970s and led to his employment at Chevron. Shortly after moving to Ohio in 1973, Bill began working with other no-till pioneers and researchers in the area, such as Glover Triplett, Don Myers, David VanDoren, and Jim Beuerlein. In their conversation, they discuss early Tye, Great Plains, and Melroe drills; the challenges Pioneer Seeds encountered in attempting to develop no-till corn, and why 1-on-1 consultation with producers has been so important in getting no-till to catch on.

Plus, they discuss successful cover cropping, using a manure dragline like a roller, and much more.

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: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)