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

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No-Till Farmer’s ‘History of No-Tillage’ Museum

Attendees at the 30th Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville experienced an all-new ‘walking tour’ of no-tillage history.
In 2021, No-Till Farmer editors began planning the “Triple Crown” of no-till milestones that were aligning in 2022. That is, 60 years since the first commercial no-till plots in Kentucky, 50 years since the launch of No-Till Farmer and 30 years of the National No-Tillage Conference, to be held back in no-till’s ol’ Kentucky home.
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What Ever Happened to the Legendary Allis-Chalmers’ No-Till Planter?

Landoll Corp. acquired Allis-Chalmers landmark no-till innovation in 1993 and rebranded it as the Quadra-Planter.
Allis-Chalmers (A-C) is widely credited with designing, manufacturing and selling the first “commercially successful” no-tillage planters in 1966. Landoll Corp. acquired Allis-Chalmers landmark no-till innovation in 1993 and rebranded it as the Quadra-Planter.
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No-Till’s First Prophets

Two ‘founding fathers’ were instrumental in setting the stage for no-tillage, yet never got to see it in practice before their deaths.
Two ‘founding fathers’ were instrumental in setting the stage for no-tillage, yet never got to see it in practice before their deaths.
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The No-Till Planter Race: Did IH Get There Before A-C?

International Harvester appears to have been the first to come to market with a no-till concept planter — 13 years before Allis-Chalmers’ model found commercial success in 1966. But IH exited production just 2 years later after only 23 shipments.
As our staff was delving into research for the “Timeline of No-Till History," ​the No-Till Museum we’ll be bringing to the National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville, and an all-new history series planned in 2022 to mark the “triple crown” of no-till milestones, we discovered some mystery over the first no-till planter. And it’s the kind of discovery that’s sure to fuel additional debates.
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