Even as we just released our September issue of No-Till Farmer newsletter and are working on the October issue, we're forging ahead with big plans for the Fall issue of No-Till Farmer's Conservation Tillage Guide.

So, what's the big deal? The big deal is that this is our 40th anniversary issue. And on top of it, it's the 50th anniversary of the first use of no-till on a U.S. farm.

Last month, editor Frank Lessiter, managing editor John Dobberstein and myself visited southern Kentucky and the Young farm south of Hopkinsville where no-till started. It was great to see the historical marker, and listen to John and Alex Young — the fifth and sixth generation of Youngs — talk about the importance of no-till to their operation and the impact it's had on their lives.

We're asking for no-tillers to participate in this issue, too. Watch for a survey to hit your e-mail Inbox shortly asking you for the products or practices that have made a huge impact on your no-till operation through the years.

 This issue will be a celebration of no-till, and we certainly look forward to hearing about how the practice has impacted your farming operation.