Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach is Executive Editor of No-Till Farmer. She has a lengthy background in publishing and a longtime interest in gardening and mycology. She graduated with a B.A. in music and philosophy from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis.

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No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators

[Podcast] Eileen Kladivko, Earthworm Godmother

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we’re heading underground. We’re going deep under the soil surface to concentrate on one of the major benefits of no-tilling when it comes to improving soil health. Today’s agenda is worms: Earthworms, red worms, nightcrawlers, and other kinds of worms and the impact the have on no-tilled soils.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we’re heading underground. We’re going deep under the soil surface to concentrate on one of the major benefits of no-tilling when it comes to improving soil health. Today’s agenda is worms: Earthworms, red worms, nightcrawlers, and other kinds of worms and the impact the have on no-tilled soils.
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[Podcast] Jonathan Lundgren and Regenerative Ag

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, editor Frank Lessiter talks with entomologist Dr. Jonathan Lundgren about his motivations for starting up Blue Dasher Farm and the Ecdysis Foundation, and how he hopes to remove barriers to the adoption of regenerative agriculture..
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, editor Frank Lessiter talks with entomologist Dr. Jonathan Lundgren about his motivations for starting up Blue Dasher Farm and the Ecdysis Foundation, and how he hopes to remove barriers to the adoption of regenerative agriculture.
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[Podcast] Mr. Lessiter Goes to Washington

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by NewLeaf Symbiotics, we dug through our archives to find the speech Frank Lessiter presented during his 1973 testimonial before the House Agriculture Committee on the important role no-tillage was playing in American agriculture.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by NewLeaf Symbiotics, we dug through our archives to find the speech Frank Lessiter presented during his 1973 testimonial before the House Agriculture Committee on the important role no-tillage was playing in American agriculture.
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Body of Knowledge: Digging Into Noteworthy No-Till Literature

While no-till, cover crops and other conservation ag principles are very much in the news these days, a look back at the no-till literature from both the near and distant past reminds us that these important concepts are not new — yet there is much left to explore.

In the February 2022 issue of No-Till Farmer’s Conservation Tillage Guide, retired ag engineer Randall Reeder of Ohio State University and retired USDA soil scientist Don Reicosky shared the outcomes of a survey they conducted to identify the most significant works in no-till research and literature.


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On-Farm Testing Unlocks No-Till Success

Longtime no-tiller and retired Wisconsin Extension agent Jim Leverich — the inaugural No-Till Farmer Operator Fellow — encourages farmers to gather and utilize data from their own experience and operations for useful and practicable insights.

As a former extension educator, Leverich is accustomed to keeping good records of practices and having others pick his brain about all the nuances of no-till, making him an excellent candidate for our inaugural Conservation Ag Fellow. He is an advocate for integrating data and precision ag into farming practices and believes on-farm testing is critical to achieving no-till success.


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[Podcast] Interseeding Covers Into Corn At V4 - V5 For No-Till Success

For this <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, associate editor Sarah Hill caught up with John Wallace, Penn State University assistant professor of weed science, to discuss his thoughts on how best to get covers established in row crops. He explains how available equipment, herbicide programs and fertility management affect interseeding decisions.
For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, associate editor Sarah Hill caught up with John Wallace, Penn State University assistant professor of weed science, to discuss his thoughts on how best to get covers established in row crops. He explains how available equipment, herbicide programs and fertility management affect interseeding decisions.
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Growing Organic Strip-Till Hemp for the ‘Craft CBD’ Market

Taking a page from the craft beer industry playbook, Minnesota no-tiller Tom Cotter is pursuing quality in his strip-tilled organic hemp for his own line of craft CBD products.
Taking a page from the craft beer industry playbook, Minnesota no-tiller Tom Cotter is pursuing quality in his strip-tilled organic hemp for his own line of craft CBD products.
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[Podcast] Connecting Soil Health to Human Health with Rick Clark

For this <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with No-tiller Rick Clark to hear about many of the ways his operation and mindset have had to change in order to succeed in his transition to regenerative organic stewardship with no-tillage. He explains his 70/30 theory on weed suppression, how learning to crimp cereal rye was a lightbulb moment that really pushed his practices forward, and how he came to appreciate beneficial predator insects.
For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with No-tiller Rick Clark to hear about many of the ways his operation and mindset have had to change in order to succeed in his transition to regenerative organic stewardship with no-tillage. He explains his 70/30 theory on weed suppression, how learning to crimp cereal rye was a lightbulb moment that really pushed his practices forward, and how he came to appreciate beneficial predator insects.
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[Podcast] Russell Hedrick on Boosting No-Till Profits with Custom Milling

For this <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Hickory, North Carolina, no-tiller Russell Hedrick to hear about his latest venture, a mobile grain milling operation he launched alongside partners Liz Haney and Sarah Varble called Regen Mills. Join in to hear how the trio sees this as a way to return more profit to farmers, how this new approach to grain milling supports that goals and more.
For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Hickory, North Carolina, no-tiller Russell Hedrick to hear about his latest venture, a mobile grain milling operation he launched alongside partners Liz Haney and Sarah Varble called Regen Mills. Join in to hear how the trio sees this as a way to return more profit to farmers, how this new approach to grain milling supports that goals and more.
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