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 Dan Towery, who has worked to advance conservation ag practices for the past four decades as both an independent consultant and in various roles at the USDA and other conservation organizations.
“I think back now and wonder ‘How in the world did we get the stands that we did?’ what with the down pressure problems, inconsistent seeding depth, and all kinds of other issues. But I saw it as a learning moment …” — Dan Towery
Listen in as Frank and Dan discuss getting traction with ridge-till in Illinois, lessons learned from terminating hairy vetch too early, getting big yields with a dwarf soybean variety, the interconnectedness of plants, fungi, insects and animals, 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.
No-Till Influencers & Innovators podcast series is brought to you by Topcon Agriculture.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)