It was 8 years ago when Ron Ross started a new series in No-Till Farmer that told the story of no-tillers from their perspective. The name of the monthly feature, "What I've Learned From No-Tilling," pretty much summed up the article's purpose — to let no-tillers give advice about no-tilling from the things they had learned from experience.

Ron informed me late last week that he is gearing up for his official retirement from writing and that the January 2011 issue will be the last, "What I've Learned From No-Tilling," feature that he will write. Ron has been a great professional and a champion of no-till through his work.

The first no-tiller Ron featured was Todd Intermill of Colman, S.D., in the August 2002 issue. By the time Ron's story in next January's issue appears, he will have written 102 features on no-tillers — just an awesome contribution to No-Till Farmer and the no-till industry.

I want to thank and recognize Ron for his work. I know we're all looking forward to seeing the no-tillers he'll be featuring in the coming months.