Matt & Bill Braun
NO-TILL TEAM. Matt Braun, left, and his father, Bill, have successfully made the switch from 100% conventional continuous wheat production to a diversified, rotation-based farm that uses no-till, livestock and cover crops to reduce costs and build the soil.

Cotton, Sesame and Livestock Add Diversity to No-Till Operation

Southwestern Oklahoma farmers Matt and Bill Braun have watched their operation evolve from a conventional continuous wheat farm to an operation featuring cotton, sesame, livestock and cover crops.

When Matt Braun was in high school, his father switched the family’s southwestern Oklahoma farm from a conventional-till wheat/cattle/milo operation to no-till, mainly to reduce labor and equipment costs.

Now, 15 years later, the enterprise has gone through a substantial transformation of diversity and efficiency that bears little resemblance to the operation Matt knew as a child.

“When I was growing up, we grew continuous wheat on nearly every acre,” Braun recalls. “We’d harvest and start plowing or discing right behind the combine and kept that up non-stop all summer until we planted again.

“It’s difficult to find labor to keep up that kind of operation, so my dad was looking for ways to cut labor and equipment costs. We found with a sprayer we could cover the same amount of ground as we were covering with two big tractors plowing all day, so that was the big factor in the transition. Since then, we’ve discovered the other benefits of reduced tillage.”

Cropping Evolution

Matt returned to the farm full-time after college in 2008 and today, he and his father, Bill, operate similar farms in an operation that covers roughly 6,000 acres and includes a herd of 300 cows that complement the rotation of hard red winter wheat, dryland cotton and sesame, along with both summer and winter cover crops. 


No-Till Takeaways

  • A Shelborne-Reynolds stripper header produces a cleaner wheat harvest, leaves wheat stalks standing throughout much of the off season and improves planting conditions for the next crop.
  • An…
To view the content, please register or login.
Registration is free. Use your registered user account to download eGuides, watch webinars and manage your user profile.
Dan crummett 0618

Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett has more than 35 years in regional and national agricultural journalism including editing state farm magazines, web-based machinery reporting and has an interest in no-till and conservation tillage. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State Univ.

Top Articles

Current Issue


No-Till Farmer

Get full access NOW to the most comprehensive, powerful and easy-to-use online resource for no-tillage practices. Just one good idea will pay for your subscription hundreds of times over.

Subscribe Now

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings