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“Those heavy clay soils of the Western Lake Erie Basin crusted so easily after tillage….The farmers found that if they could minimize tillage or even completely cut it out, boy, the biology started taking over and really helped things as far as soil structure and drainage.…” — Joe Nester

Joe Nester specializes in issues surrounding agriculture’s impacts on the Lake Erie basin. Nester has been a speaker at the National No-Tillage Conference as recently as 2017, when he spoke about why phosphorus leaves the farm and what to do about it.

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers& Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Joe about his experiences working as an independent crop consultant, including his early struggles with figuring out no-till corn, why he likes barley as a cover crop, Ohio’s massive prevent plant acreage in 2019, the new H2Ohio water quality improvement program incentives, why he believes no-till ground is worth more than conventionally tilled ground, 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)