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Gail Fuller has always been driven by erosion.
He decided to give no-till a try not long after he began farming full-time in the 1980s, because he hated seeing soil leave his farm in Emporia, Kan., where slopes range from 1-5%.
“But I failed pretty miserably,” he says.
It would be another decade before Fuller attempted no-till again, but the second time around he was adamant about making it work. And he did. With 2,000-2,500 acres at the time, he transitioned it all to no-till within a year.
“I was a little more headstrong about not letting it fail, which probably led me to ask more questions and accept help in the second go-around because I wanted it to succeed so badly,” he says.
He also believes planting technologies played a big part, and he switched from John Deere planters to White around that time.
While he was able to succeed with no-till the second time, he soon realized it wasn’t enough — Fuller was still seeing erosion on his farm, and without tillage, it was even more obvious.
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