Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach is managing 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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[Podcast] Learning From Cover Crop Failures

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Mfg., we’re joined by long-time no-tiller Steve Groff from Holtwood, Pa., who talks about how to cope when cover cropping goes awry, shares stories from his own cover crop failures, and answers questions about cover cropping challenges.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Mfg., we’re joined by long-time no-tiller Steve Groff from Holtwood, Pa., who talks about how to cope when cover cropping goes awry, shares stories from his own cover crop failures, and answers questions about cover cropping challenges.
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[Podcast] Battling Surface Soil Compaction with Bob Featheringill

In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with retired no-tiller Bob Featheringill of Attica, Ohio, who began no-tilling more than 40 years ago on highly erosive clay soils 25 miles from Lake Erie.
In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with retired no-tiller Bob Featheringill of Attica, Ohio, who began no-tilling more than 40 years ago on highly erosive clay soils 25 miles from Lake Erie.
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Prevented Planting Acres Turn Into an Unexpected No-Till Opportunity

Being in the right place at the right time — with the right mindset and cover crop mix — transformed a soggy spring situation into a new enterprise for Indiana no-tiller Don Thurston.
Don Thurston grew up on a farm, but by the time he took up the practice as a young man, his father, Herb, who had farmed from the 1930s until 1978, had already retired and sold his equipment.
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‘Skip Zones’ May Help Quell Fears About Corn After Cereal Rye

Farmer-led research testing row widths, termination dates, tillage practices and more found skip zones may help overcome yield drags with corn after cereal rye.
While many no-tillers believe cover crops are critical to improving soil health, many avoid planting corn after cereal due to concerns about allelopathic chemicals or other problems.
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[Podcast] The Biology of Regenerative Soils

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Mfg., we’re sharing a recent talk that soil microbiologist Dr. Kris Nichols gave at the Clemson Soil Health Conference, where she delved into the biology of soil and how producers can maximize their soil biological systems.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Mfg., we’re sharing a recent talk that soil microbiologist Dr. Kris Nichols gave at the Clemson Soil Health Conference, where she delved into the biology of soil and how producers can maximize their soil biological systems.
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[Podcast] Jonathan Lundgren on No-Till and the Regenerative Ag Movement

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, <em>No-Till Farmer</em> editor Frank Lessiter talks with Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, founder of Blue Dasher Farm and the Ecdysis Foundation.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, founder of Blue Dasher Farm and the Ecdysis Foundation.
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[Podcast] Feeding the Soil for Improved No-Till Results

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Mfg., we're joined by Doug Newton and Loran Steinlage, who talk no-till, compare notes about their experiences, the soil health and other benefits they’ve seen from the practice and more.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Mfg., we're joined by Doug Newton and Loran Steinlage, who talk no-till, compare notes about their experiences, the soil health and other benefits they’ve seen from the practice and more.
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[Podcast] Planting Green and Other No-Till Strategies with Mike Starkey

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, <em>No-Till Farmer</em> editor Frank Lessiter talks with Mike Starkey, who no-tills 2,500 acres of wheat, corn, soybeans and hay in Brownsburg, Ind.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Mike Starkey, who no-tills 2,500 acres of wheat, corn, soybeans and hay in Brownsburg, Ind.
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Focus on Scouting and Plant Diversity to Build ‘Army’ of Beneficial Insects

A no-tilled field with cover crops offers abundant habitat for insects. Encouraging the good critters while deterring the bad through rotations will help keep them in balance.
Adopting no-till and cover crops has a wide range of potential soil benefits, including reduced erosion, improved water holding capacity and a greater ability carbon below ground.
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