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Dick Foell: Nothing Too Crazy to Promote No-Till

Country music, gaudy green silk jackets or a dressing his bride up as a tiger, nothing was off-limits to Dick Foell when it came to attracting attention for no-tillage.
Country music, gaudy green silk jackets and the costuming of his bride up as a tiger, nothing was off-limits to Dick Foell when it came to attracting attention to the merits of no-tillage. The No-Till History series is made possible by Montag Manufacturing.
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Milan No-Till Field Day Showed Real-World Results

Rare industry-university collaboration fast-tracked the knowledge & at-scale product demos on the promising farm practice.
Every no-tiller in the Southeast knows of University of Tennessee’s (UT) “Milan No-Till Field Day.” The AgResearch & Education Center at Milan was established in 1962 on former Milan Army Ammunition Plant land. Today, nearly 700 acres of cropland are used for research.
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First Planter Design from No-Till’s ‘Garden of Eden’

Donnie Morris built 3 no-till planters to move legendary agronomist George McKibben’s no-till experiments forward in Dixon Springs, Ill.
Morris, a mechanic and ag engineer at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (DSAC), watched first-hand as the late University of Illinois weed scientist George McKibben experimented with the no-till concept as early as the 1960s at the DSAC.
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Herbicide History, Part II: No-Till Rallies on Roundup

No-till’s greatest growth came with the discovery of glyphosate as a weedkiller, and growers started to ‘park the plow.’
Glyphosate (or Roundup) brought to market by Monsanto in the mid 1970s and now owned by Bayer) is a virtually ideal herbicide, says international weed authority Dr. Stephen Powles and a “once in 100-years breakthrough.”
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‘Outsiders’ in D.C. Moved No-Till Forward

Two no-tillers ­— Peter Myers and Bill Richards — brought credibility and trust to Washington, D.C., as they charted a transition for U.S. farmers.

The still “coming of age” no-till practice received two significant shots in the arm when no-tillers were tapped for influential posts in D.C. Instead of bureaucrats, the USDA smartly veered from the norm to appoint two practical farmers, Missouri’s Peter Myers and Ohio’s Bill Richards, to help convince farmers of the merits of reducing tillage.


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No-Till Farmer’s ‘History of No-Tillage’ Museum

Attendees at the 30th Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville experienced an all-new ‘walking tour’ of no-tillage history.
In 2021, No-Till Farmer editors began planning the “Triple Crown” of no-till milestones that were aligning in 2022. That is, 60 years since the first commercial no-till plots in Kentucky, 50 years since the launch of No-Till Farmer and 30 years of the National No-Tillage Conference, to be held back in no-till’s ol’ Kentucky home.
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