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No-Till vs. Mud, Fire & Water Facebook Videos

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Okay, I admit it. I spend way too much worthless time looking at Facebook posts with agricultural-related videos. 

Very few of these ag-related videos feature no-tillage, strip-tillage or cover crops. Instead, the majority of ag-related Facebook videos fall into a half-dozen categories:

  1. Even though plowing today is a no-no, hundreds of videos document turning the ground with anywhere from a one-bottom horse-driven plow up to a 21-bottom plow pulled behind a 1,100 horsepower Big Bud tractor.
  2. Tractors, tillage tools, combines, grain carts and semi-trucks stuck deep in excessively tilled muddy fields.
  3. Small-acreage farmers in India doing wacky field work, such as pickup trucks with two or more trailers hauling 87 bales of straw at a time.
  4. Kids that often look to be no more than 8 years old plowing and tilling fields by themselves, or sitting dangerously on a tractor fender while Grandpa makes a pass with the field cultivator. 
  5. 100-year-old steam-driven tractors pulling a 15-bottom plow with a wooden deck where 15 standing men constantly adjust plow depth and residue coverage for each moldboard.
  6. Fires that completely destroy combines, tractors and grain trucks while burning valuable crop residue.

Is No-Till Boring?

While you often see color photos on Facebook of farmers no-tilling, strip-tilling or seeding and terminating cover crops, few videos explain these all-important conservation ag practices. 


Maybe it's because there’s not enough action or excitement with no-till compared to mud flying everywhere when a 500-hp tractor and 40-foot disc is stuck up to its axles. Or a $600,000…

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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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