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In this episode of the “No-till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, No-till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with longtime no-tiller and county extension agent Jim Leverich on the role he played in advancing no-till in the area around his Sparta, Wis., home.

“There’s a lot of good research out of Minnesota that shows that 2-by-0 is just as good as 2-by-2, so you don’t need all that extra weight on your corn planter” — Jim Leverich

With 35 years of no-till experience and on-farm research in conjunction with his position as a county extension agent, Leverich has developed a deep understanding of what makes no-till work. Listen in as he shares his insights, including why he prefers wider rows for soybeans and 2-by-0-inch nitrogen placement, his thoughts on residue management, how RTK has proved beneficial on his farm 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 FarmingCheck it out here.







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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)