Libby Wawzenek

Contributing Writer



No-Till Tackles Moisture, Dust Challenges

Adopting no-till and other minimum-tillage methods in California’s semiarid conditions results in improved soils and better water intake.
As a conservation educator in California, Jeff Mitchell knows the farmers he works with are facing challenges highly specific to that part of the U.S., thanks to semiarid conditions and limited annual rainfall.
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Cover Crops

Buffering the Soil with Long-Term Cover Cropping

Jeff Olson is protecting soil and improving water infiltration with a mixed bag of application methods and plenty of patience.
Jeff Olson isn’t afraid to step outside his comfort zone. A 5th-generation corn and soybean farmer in Winfield, Iowa, Olson attributes part of his willingness to take risks and try new things to his years of experience.
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Saving Green with Carefully Selected Cover Crop Varieties

Indiana no-tiller Carter Morgan considers research and long-term goals to determine which cover crop variety will best support the needs of his farm.

LIKE MANY FARMERS, Carter Morgan relies on crimping to terminate his cover crops. However, unlike some of his peers, Morgan has stopped purchasing variety not stated (VNS) cover crops and has instead embraced the specificity of using the exact variety of cereal rye that meets his needs.

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The “Grandfather” of Strip-Till Talks Transition and Technique

Illinois farmer Rich Follmer reflects on how a desire to warm the soil while still maintaining his conservation efforts led to the invention of strip-tilling and shares what methods are working on his farm today.

Rich Follmer didn’t set out to become a businessman. In the 1980s, the corn and soybean farmer from central Illinois — considered by many to be the “grandfather” of strip-till — designed and built a system that would allow him to till the ground and plant soybeans simultaneously. 

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Planning for the Future to Maintain a Profitable No-Till Operation

Gifford, Ill., no-tiller Frank Rademacher keeps an eye on variables such as pest management, market pressures and consumer demands when making farm management decisions.

WHEN IT COMES TO making decisions about his farm, Frank Rademacher keeps one foot in the present and one in the future.

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