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If you've got excess water that's going out of the tile line anyway, why not grow it in a biological form, get some sunlight and carbon dioxide growing through that plant to help build the soil and use the water rather than lose it.” — Paul Jasa

Ag engineer Paul Jasa with the University of Nebraska has spent years studying how equipment and management choices work together and impact results in various farming systems. He has conducted 40 years of research on no-till vs. conventional tillage at the Rogers Memorial Farm outside of Lincoln, Nebraska and was instrumental in making rainfall simulators portable and easy to use for field days and demonstrations.

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer “Influencers and Innovators” podcast, No-Till Farmer Editor Frank Lessiter talks with Paul Jasa about his many years studying no-till. Listen in as Frank and Paul discuss how no-till led to changes in eco-fallow practices, how cover crops can be used to both soak up extra water during wet times and conserve water during periods of drought, the pros and cons of planting green 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)