Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.


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No-Till, Cover Crops Lead to Honors for 4 Conservation-Minded Soybean Growers

No-till & cover crops lead to fewer trips while reducing compaction, improving soil health, reducing costs, saving huge amounts of fuel & slashing labor needs

Taking a “deep-dive” into the farm operations of the four U.S. regional winners of the 2024 Conservation Legacy Award program, it was interesting to see the strong emphasis placed on no-till and cover crops. 

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No-Till, Strip-Till Out Yield Other Tillage Systems in 2023 National Corn Contest

In an in-depth analysis of the 2023 National Corn Growers Association contest data, growers using these two tillage systems came out on top for both yield & nitrogen efficiency
Among 6,882 entries in the 2023 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) NCGA annual yield contest from 3,824 growers in 46 states, a father-and-son team from Charles City, Va., captured the top two rankings with yields of 590 and 623 bushels per acre.
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