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In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Ray Rawson, who is known to many as the ‘Father of Zone Tillage.’ Rawson spent a number of years promoting the zone-till system at meetings across the Corn Belt and working one-on-one with growers. A number of today’s reduced tillage tools got their start in the Rawson farm shop.

“It’s tillage in what I called ‘organized zones’ in which we’re only tilling the areas that we want to warm up and place fertilizer In … the plants actually pick it up quicker and don’t have to hunt and gather so much …” — Ray Rawson

Join in as Frank and Ray discuss the philosophy of zone-till and how it differs from other systems, the Zone Builder and other implements Rawson invented over the years, Rawson’s role as an early pioneer of the soil health movement, using “liquid sunshine” as a foliar feed program, 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.







No-Till Influencers & Innovators podcast series is brought to you by Topcon Agriculture.

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