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In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Rogers, Neb., farmer Ed Neesen, who, after a series of dry springs combined with a problem with potential carryover of a soybean herbicide, was inspired to make some tillage equipment changes in the 1980s.

Using a modified lister planting system, Neesen got through the challenging times and realizing he could raise good crops without buying new discs and field cultivators he became an accidental no-tiller.

One of the greatest benefits Neesen has seen as a result of no-tilling has been being able to buy more land instead of buying equipment. Now, managing nearly 3,000 acres, most of it owned, he credits no-till as the foundation of his success.

“Our machinery is adequate but it’s nothing great to this day. My wife always reminds me … we never paid for land by buying machinery.” — Ed Neesen

Join us as Ed discusses why he switched to 20-inch rows, why he usually doesn’t buy new equipment but DID buy a new self-propelled sprayer, how no-till has allowed him to cut out starter fertilizer, the benefits of using untreated seed, planting soybeans earlier in the spring, 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.







The No-Till Influencers & Innovators podcast series is brought to you by Martin Industries.

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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)