Mike Lessiter

Mike Lessiter

A second-generation ag journalist, Mike Lessiter joined the family business in 2003 after 12 years in Chicago as editor/publisher of several manufacturing titles. He has been Editor/Publisher of Farm Equipment since its acquisition in 2004, and has served in several capacities with the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. and Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers. In 2007, he was named president of Lessiter Publications Inc. (now Lessiter Media Inc.). Contact: mlessiter@lessitermedia.com


Your No-Till History

Unsolved Mystery: Who Was the National No-Tillage Conference Spy?

A dust-up between no-till suppliers led to legal strong-arming at the 2001 National No-Tillage Conference
While many readers think of Keeton seeding attachments and similar units on the market as seed firmers or seed firming devices, this column will explain the reasoning behind our decision to start calling them by their generic name.The No-Till History series is made possible by Calmer Corn Heads.
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Your No-Till History

Stripper-Header Revolutionized No-Till Wheat

Pitched as ‘the greatest breakthrough in grain harvesting since the self-propelled combine,’ the stripper-header redefined no-till's prospects in high-yield wheat

The originator of the stripper-header was Shelbourne-Reynolds (S-R), based in Suffolk, England. The grain stripper was borne from the picking head on the manufacturer’s self-propelled green-pea harvester.  The No-Till History series is made possible by Calmer Corn Heads.

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[Video] Detailing the 360 RAIN Autonomous Irrigation System

Gregg Sauder, founder of 360Yield Center shares details on their 360 autonomous irrigation unit, straight from the assembly line. The 360 Rain unit is capable of handling a 60-foot to 80-foot boom with the goal of irrigating any crop regardless of field shape. The unit makes use of a heavy reel to transport and manage the hose as they maneuver through the field delivering half an inch of water to the plant on a weekly basis.
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Your No-Till History

No-Till’s Value Seen During Oil Crisis — in South America, That Is…

Interest in no-till adoption got a shot in the arm when struggling Brazilian farmers saw the practice as a means to address sky-high fuel bills from the 1970s oil crisis.

Throughout the region of Brazil’s Northern Paraná area, slowly some farmers showed at least some curiosity about how no-till worked. The researchers were also curious.The No-Till History series is made possible by Calmer Corn Heads.

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John Franz & the Glyphosate Discovery

With no prior cropping knowledge, John Franz was an unlikely candidate to change farming’s fortunes

This installment of “Your No-Till History” expands upon a 1-page article that appeared in June 2022. The No-Till History series is made possible by Calmer Corn Heads.

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No-Till Farmer's Editors Debate Right to Repair

Lessiter Media Inc., now in its 42nd year of independent and family ownership, is uniquely positioned in the Right to Repair (R2R) debate, publishing both grower- and dealer-facing content.The content that follows presents a unique vantage point in all of agricultural media. Here, the content leaders of the two divisions – and on each side of the chasm –express their respective audience’s arguments on this R2R debate.

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