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.

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What I’ve Learned from No-Tilling

‘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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Efficiency, Diversification & Bold Cropping Strategies Put New No-Tillers Ahead

Jacob & Cassandra Kubik of Walker, Iowa, build on early no-till efficiencies & profits with relay cropping, innovative cover cropping practices & sheep.
Starting a farm from scratch using no-till, EQIP and CSP programs proved the best and easiest path to production for my wife, Cassandra, and me.
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Cover Crops Pay Big Time In A Drought

Born into no-till, Willis Jepson of Orlinda, Tenn., added cover crops to a legacy of building resilient soils that helped crops fare better against drought.
I’ve been no-tilling 45 years. That’s also my age. No-till is all I’ve ever known as my dad and grandfather were early adopters of the practice.
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No-Till Success, Improved Soil Health Means ‘No More’ Chemical Fallow

This northern Montana couple grazes beef and improves soil life with farm-produced microorganisms that they grow, extract and apply to eight different no-tilled crops.

Our soils used to be dead. Now we have mushrooms growing down the rows with our crops. It’s a whimsical nod to the soil health we’ve worked so adamantly to build since we took over farming from Korey’s dad, Randy, in 2012. 


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Focus on No-Till, Soil Health Puts Farm Problems Out to Pasture

Veteran no-tiller Terry Ness has found a focus on soil health and diverse rotations can mean reduced inputs and security in the face of weather, insects, weeds and disease.
My soils were on the verge of giving out on me when I finally made the switch to no-till. I’m a first-generation farmer.
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Soaking Up Regenerative Ag Knowledge Builds Stable Foundation

Having returned to farming after a career in construction, Chris Schmidt was open to every idea his son brought home from college.
I’m not afraid to listen to my kid. My dad, Dale, was a little more skeptical, but then again, skeptical is understandable — especially when it was his living that was on the line when my son, Brad, and I wanted to do a little experimenting
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No-Tilling Boy Scout Style: Always Prepared

Robust storage allows off-peak bulk purchase of farm inputs, which are then applied at the perfect time with on-farm application equipment run by expert help.
No-till is all I’ve ever known. The practice was developed just 2 hours south of us in Christian County, Ky. My dad and grandfather bought an Allis-Chalmers no-till planter in the 1980s. By the time I purchased my first piece of land as a sophomore in college it wasn’t even a thought to put a plow to it. It just wasn’t how we farmed
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No More ‘More-On’ Farming

Synthetics are out on this North Dakota farm. Stimulating the soil biome to produce hundreds of thousands of dollars of inputs is in.
Efficiency drove our shift to no-till in 1999. The practice meant less fuel, fewer tractor passes and reduced man hours. For all other aspects of our operation, though, it was more, more, more.
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No-Till, Double-Cropping Provide Steady Results for Michigan Dairy

Clair Armbrustmacher continues to advance his successful but somewhat solitary no-till system to include twin-row and cover crops.
Every year I tell my friends I hope I make enough this year to farm again next year. So far, so good. Despite what’s going on in the world around us, I feel positive about my farm’s future.
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