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Back in 2010, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter and his son, Mike, traveled to the Palouse area of eastern Washington to visit John Aeschliman, who’s been successfully no-tilling in the region for more than 40 years. Named one of the 25 No-Till Living Legends, no-till has allowed Aeschliman to successfully farm in an area that receives as little as 12 inches annual moisture and has slopes as steep as 60%.
Click on the articles below to learn more about Aeschliman’s operation.
Originally developed in South America, over the last decade roller-crimpers have become more popular in the U.S. as more no-tillers add cover crops to their system. These photos show some of the rollers invented and how some no-tillers are using them on their operations. To learn more about rollers and crimpers, see the article “Rolling, Crimping Can Help No-Tillers Use Covers Better."
In fall of 2015, No-Till Farmer visited no-till veteran Jerry Jackson during soybean harvest. The Byron, Ill., corn and soybean no-tiller committed to the practice 27 years ago by selling all of his tillage equipment and diving in headfirst. Today he’s focused on building up his residue, perfecting his fertility program, adding cover crops and keeping weeds at bay. You can learn more about Jackson’s operation in the February 2016 issue of Conservation Tillage Guide: Clean Rows, Focused Fertility Keep No-Till Going Strong.