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Organic management tends to occur after conventional management, so that is a way to spread out equipment use and labor over the fields. Also, the difference in planting dates helps with minimizing pollen contamination between conventional and organic crops” — Erin Silva

In this No-Till Farmer “Influencers and Innovators” podcast, we look at the increasingly popular concept of organic no-till. In this episode, No-Till Farmer Editor Frank Lessiter talks with Dr. Erin Silva, associate professor specializing in organic and sustainable cropping systems at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Silva also heads up the Organic Grain Resource and Information Network, also known as OGRAIN, and she was one of the presenters for the inaugural 2019 National Cover Crop Summit.

Listen in as Frank and Dr. Silva discuss what’s involved in transitioning to organic, some of the innovations that are making the practice more attainable, how organic no-till yields compare to conventional yields, the benefits of running parallel conventional and organic operations, how adding livestock can add value to an organic crop rotation, 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)