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“Having the right equipment to do the job is something that's required. Because you can't take a conventional cultivator and go out there... Most of these cultivators nowadays are what I call heavy residue cultivators, can cut through the residue and so forth. But, there's limitations to any piece of equipment.…” — Bud Fleischer

In this No-Till Farmer “Innovator and Influencer” podcast, we look back at  a reduced tillage practice that was developed even before the no-till movement got started. In this episode, No-Till Farmer Editor Frank Lessiter talks with “Bud” Fleischer of Columbus, Nebraska.

Bud’s dad, Leonard Fleischer, started his career as a pharmacist and later manufactured the first line of ridge-till equipment that was sold under the Buffalo brand name by Fleischer Manufacturing. Leonard’s career grew from being a pharmacist to becoming involved with an exciting new prescription tillage system.

Listen in as Bud and Frank reminisce about the early days of ridge till, how many of the benefits of ridge-tilling ended up becoming key parts of today’s strip-till systems and how Lessiter Media produced a monthly Ridge Till Hotline newsletter in the early 1990s that served as a counterpart to our nearly five decades old No-Till Farmer publication.  

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)