Martha Mintz

Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.

Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.


What I've Learned from No-Tilling

‘Every Year I Will Get Better’: No-Tiller Constantly Embraces Change

Ongoing learning & evaluation of technology, cover crops & other practices advance no-till operation
Every Year I will get better at farming. I will keep what works. I will change what doesn’t work, gladly adopting new technologies or practices if they demonstrate a more efficient or successful path forward.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Precision Planter Tech, Cover Crops Set Stage for Perfect No-Till Corn Stand

After major soil health improvements from a tailored cover crop mix & natural inputs, a new planter is this no-tiller’s final step in mastering crop production
I’ve been putting together a crop production puzzle for the last 20 years. Each piece has been carefully whittled into the perfect shape to fit my specific circumstances in Laurel, Del.
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What I’ve Learned From No-Tilling

No-Tilling & Cover Cropping Every Acre Every Year

No-tiller retires early from farming, thanks to time & cost savings from conservation practices, and finds enjoyable second career teaching others about the methods.
Retiring from farming isn’t always voluntary. Sometimes you’ve got to keep farming because you’re not profitable enough.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Daily Data Analysis Keeps Nutrients, Water in Place

Using real-time data from soil moisture probes, this no-tiller reduced fertilizer application by 30% in corn & eliminated the need for 250 million gallons of applied water annually.
If sieve was a soil type, it would well describe the farmland acres I manage in North Florida.
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‘Startup’ No-Tiller Applies Tried & True Farming Know-How to New Operation

A young grower started his own operation strong by leasing long-term no-till acres & gleaning critical knowledge from past employers.
My time spent as a farmhand provided many learning and advancement opportunities — including starting my own farm in Connersville, Ind., which stitched together the one-generation gap in my family’s farming heritage.
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