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Why Don’t More Folks No-Till?

In midsummer, retired Ohio State University ag engineer Randall Reeder met with a group of Western Australian no-till farmers that were looking at U.S. agriculture. While touring Dave Brandt’s no-till corn, soybean and cover-crop operation at Carroll, Ohio, and viewing neighboring fields that were still being tilled, there were questions on why more American growers don’t no-till.
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Why There Aren’t More No-Tilled Acres

No-till has come a long way in the past 35 years, but is way short of the overly optimistic acreage projections made in 1975.
From only 3.3 million acres in 1972 to an estimated 90 million acres today, there’s been plenty of progress as more farmers shift to no-till. Yet, we’re still a long way from the estimated 54% of U.S. row-crop ground U.S. Department of Agriculture economists predicted back in 1975 that would be no-tilled by now.
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