John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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The Most Iconic Covers in No-Till Farmer’s Storied History

Here are some of the best covers No-Till Farmer has published as the magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary.

It’s often been said that a magazine cover is where editors announce their intentions. And our intention over our 50 years of history has been to provide no-tillers with both practical, meat-and-potatoes articles and in-depth content on emerging trends and practices meant to stretch the mind. 


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Editorial Viewpoint

Impacts and Insights of Influential No-Tillers

Our editors hear amazing stories from no-tillers every day, but not every quote or anecdote makes it into print for one reason or another. Here, we chronicle a handful of tales from our encounters that have made a lasting impression.

When I came to No-Till Farmer, I knew little about production agriculture other than what I gleaned during summer trips during the 1980s to my uncle’s small farm in western Michigan.


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Helping Zambia Reach its ‘Huge’ Farming Potential

A longtime Australian no-tiller and former speaker at the National No-Tillage Confernce is playing a major role in an organization determined to help Africa adopt modern farming methods.

A longtime Australian no-tiller and former speaker at the National No-Tillage Confernce is playing a major role in an organization determined to help Africa adopt modern farming methods.


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Working Through Challenges with Cover Crops in Sticky Soils

Strip-tilled crops and cover crops are taking hold on Neil White’s Scotland farm, although wet weather, compaction and pest pressure still cause plenty of challenges.
2021 has seen me — after 5 years of direct drilling — drill malting spring barley into oats for the first time. I had a big volunteer oat crop due to cutting wet oats at harvest, which I left into winter. 
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How the Rhizophagy Cycle Could Boost No-Till Profits

Simply put, complex microbial processes in the soil do a more efficient, effective job providing nutrients to plants and can help no-tillers reduce inputs, says John Kempf.
Nitrogen management is one of the most important tasks no-tillers face each growing season, due to both the expense and the nutrient’s importance to plant growth. 


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