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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What No-Till is All About

The resulting crop residue with no-till has a major impact on soil quality, productivity and the environment.
In the more than 45 years that I’ve been covering no-till, I’ve never seen anything that sums up the many merits of no-till as well as the chart shown here. It’s an excellent resource for showing rural and city folks alike what no-till is all about and the impact crop residue can have on improving yields, the environment and food security.
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The New $867 Billion Farm Bill Includes Benefits for No-Tilling, Strip-Tilling, Terminating Cover Crops, Improving Soil Health and Sequestering More Carbon

While much has been written on the economic aspects of the 2018 Farm Bill, the legislation included a number of items of special interest to no-tillers. Probably the most important one is new language specifically defining the rules for cover crop termination.
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Leave Your SUV in the Garage

When it comes to scouting no-till fields, Michael Horsch isn’t convinced you can do a good job from the driver’s seat of a SUV. In fact, he maintains placing too much emphasis on computerized prescription farming practices rather than walking fields is a major mistake for no-tillers.
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