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.



5 No-Till Lessons with Chris Teachout

Utilizing on-farm research, the Shenandoah, Iowa, grower leaves no stone unturned in his quest to get beyond the basics and boost biomass production and soil health.
Since the 1980s, Chris Teachout and his family have been using conservation practices on their farm, and the operation has been no-tilled for the last two decades.
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How Tissue Tests Can Add Proof to Your Cover Crop Payback

Tissue testing cover crops during planting season can help no-tillers gauge how much biomass and nitrogen covers are contributing to cash crops and the soil.
SEVERAL YEARS ago, Rick Clark wanted to know what the 12-inch-tall cereal rye he was staring at in one of his fields was paying back to him.
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Cutting-Edge No-Tillers Need Recognition

If you’re a successful no-tiller today, congratulations! Making this practice work takes a lot of courage, as well as perseverance to push through the challenges. It’s time to honor those who helped you along the way.
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Boosting Soil Health Across the Pond with No-Till, Covers, Intensive Grazing

Three U.K. growers use a variety of practices to improve the tilth and productivity of highly variable soils, manage soil moisture and hike the output of their pastures.

Direct Driller magazine has been hosting a Soil Farmer of the Year competition for the last 5 years. The goal is to find, promote and champion farmers putting soil health at the center of their farm business management. 

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‘Going Nuclear’ on Soil Erosion Losses in Uganda

The livelihoods of millions of Uganda citizens is rooted in the highlands — the mountainous or elevated regions of the East African country. These regions play a significant role in agriculture, which is the main source of income for many Ugandans, including for 70% of working women. These regions are also recognized as one of the key hotspots where land degradation, due to soil erosion, is rampant.
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No-Till Works with Veggies

Bill Kerr, a vegetable specialist and breeder of a range of vegetables, has been no-tilling for 18 years and says he’s seen a range of benefits. Conservation practices can build soils up to a point where you can realize maximum yields, higher water-holding capacity, greater disease resistance, better eelworm control and better-tasting vegetables with longer shelf life.
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