David Legvold

Dave Legvold has farmed in Northfield, Minn., in the southern part of the state for 40 years. His journey from conventional tillage to strip-till has been a process of experimentation, building confidence in a system and using on-farm research to drive decision making. He is a recipient of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Award and the National Fertilizer Institute named me as one of five 4R Advocates in the U.S. for using fertilizer based on sound environmental and economic practices. Legvold also has a research partnership with St. Olaf’s College.

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Strip-Till Innovator

Lifelong Learning Leads to Successful Mentorship of Strip-Till Strategies

For Northfield, Minn., strip-tiller David Legvold, being a strip-till teacher and advocate for the practice is built on the willingness to make mistakes and learn from them.
After moving to the farm in 1976, David Legvold had a grand vision of being an organic farmer. Organic production was presented as the only way to go, because it was so good for the environment. But the soil degradation from tillage made him change his mind.
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