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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 no-till legend John Bradley, who played a major role in the development of no-till in the south, particularly in no-till cotton.

“In the mid-90s, the hooded sprayer came out…that helped no-till cotton because we realized we could grow cotton without cultivating if we could control the weeds…” — John Bradley

A long-time University of Tennessee agronomist, John Bradley served for 14 years as head of the University of Tennessee’s Milan Ag Experiment Station. Among the pioneers working with no-till cotton, he’s shown thousands of growers how to earn large payoffs with a wide variety of no-tilled crops. Listen in as he and Frank discuss the role no-till played in revolutionizing agriculture, how John helped developed systems for no-till cotton and why it was a “hard sell,” the importance of understanding the economics of no-till 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)