Articles by Martha Mintz

What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Diversity, No-Till and Continuous Cropping Bring Big Impacts to Bottom Line

Moving from a tilled wheat-fallow rotation to no-till and pulse crops has amplified Gordon Stoner’s production and profits.
Pulse crops have facilitated some massive changes on my farm and to our region as a whole in the last two decades. My wife Bonnie and I are the fourth generation of my family to farm the great glacial plains that make up Northeastern Montana.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Second Chance at No-Till Proves Successful

Dale Holland jumped back into no-till after his father, counted among the earliest no-till adopters, had to give up the practice due to weeds.
We have a lot of eyes watching us when we farm these days. While we used to be surrounded by fellow farmers, now we’re farming basically in the suburbs of Suffolk, Va.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Rejuvenating Acres and Ramping Up Soil Productivity

No-till is just one component of the system Dan DeSutter is using to break up compaction, store water, increase organic matter and improve yields.
My dad gets the credit for taking the initial steps of reducing tillage on our farm, but I can probably take some credit for pushing us into a full no-till system. And I do mean system, because no-till is just the tiny tip of the very large iceberg that is our farm management strategy today.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling

More Moisture with a Side of Mustard Takes Dryland Farm to New Level

Gordon Gallup credits moisture savings and precise fertilizer placement for his early no-till success, while mustard has reduced pests and nitrogen needs.
Dryland with only 16 inches of annual rainfall means farming a lot of acres if you want to support a family and turn a profit in eastern Idaho. That also means farming a lot of hours — at least it did when we were farming conventionally.
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Adding Cattle Yields Surprising No-Till Results

Once a no-tiller by necessity, John Stigge continues to push the limits of his Kansas farm by experimenting with cover-crop mixes and grazing cattle.
Desperation pushed us into no-till. It was the early 1980s and it wasn’t a great time to be a farmer. It also wasn’t a great time to need new equipment, which we did, unfortunately. We were out of money so instead of buying big new tractors and heavy new tillage implements, we made a few tweaks to our planter, took a deep breath and started no-tilling our crops.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Cover Crops Take Root for Indiana No-Tiller

Jamie Scott became the go-to cover crop guy for an expanding group of neighboring farmers after success with the practice on his own farm.
A little nudging from the former owners of some of our farms helped move us to 100% no-till in the early 1980s. A little more nudging and before you know it we were diversifying our farm — and a large percentage of our neighboring farms — with cover crops.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Covers, Continuous Cropping Advance No-Till Game

Dan Buerkle finds benefits of a continuous cropping system have ramped up soil health and made weed control more economical and effective.
Leaving fields in fallow, and heavily tilling to keep them that way, is a deeply ingrained tradition in the often-parched southeastern corner of Montana, where I farm with my wife of 41 years, Lana.
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Cover Seeding

Keep Covers in Your Rotation Without Breaking the Bank

No-tillers can reduce the cost of their cover-crop program and still keep most of the benefits by closely examining their seeding rates and methods and potentially trimming back mixes.
With corn prices looking a little more bear than bull these days, many no-tillers may be looking for places to trim their input costs. Fair or unfair, the newest management darling of no-tillers — cover crops — may find themselves in the crosshairs.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Locked Down No-Till System Protects Sloping Fields, Profits

Iowa no-tiller and American Soybean Assn. chairman Ray Gaesser is adapting his no-till system to better manage aggressive weather patterns.
We thought we had no-till down pretty good, at least as far as controlling water erosion, but Mother Nature always likes to put you in your place when you get a little too confident.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Tinkering For No-Till Perfection

No-tiller Danny Wipf won't rest until every no-tilled seed is tucked firmly and accurately into the mellow no-till soils at the Lakeview Hutterite Colony.
No-tiller Danny Wipf won't rest until every no-tilled seed is tucked firmly and accurately into the mellow no-till soils at the Lakeview Hutterite Colony.
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