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In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with retired no-tiller Bob Featheringill of Attica, Ohio, who began no-tilling more than 40 years ago on highly erosive clay soils 25 miles from Lake Erie. He also did a lot of work calibrating and improving seed meters to optimize seed placement.

“One thing I cautioned guys about…was to not tear seed meters apart themselves. When you count the nuts and bolts and fingers and springs and everything in a finger pickup, there are 57 items, I think. That’s a lot of things that can get messed up.…” — Bob Featheringill

Listen in as Frank and Bob talk about his early setbacks in no-tilling, how the AerWay helped him combat soil compaction, why he keeps wheat in his rotation, how he discovered that he needed to get his sidedressed nitrogen closer to the row, the work he did calibrating finger pickups in seed meters, 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.







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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)