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Enjoy a stunning and unique collection of no-till stories, photographs, facts, and figures chronicling the history of no-till farming from the early years through today. This extraordinary hardbound book is over 400 pages and takes a decade-by-decade look at the world of no-till as seen through the eyes of those who observed the many changes in no-till since the first commercial U.S. plot in 1962. Learn more about "From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming" and information to order here.



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Squaring Away Generational Differences on the Plow

The great-grandson of Walter T. Jack provides a personal yet conflicted history on the famed debate that defended and condemned the plow.

Not as well-known to no-tillers as Plowman’s Folly and its heralded author/champion Edward H. Faulkner was the responding book that contradicted it. Iowa’s Walter T. Jack boldly defended the moldboard plow against Faulkner in The Furrow and Us, released in 1946, with prose every bit as powerful as that of his nemesis.


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What Research & Literature Most Contributed to No-Till’s Adoption?

This first-ever project recognizes the most significant works in no-till research & literature, and the efforts of those who contributed to the practice’s understanding in North America and beyond.

In September 2021, No-Till Farmer commissioned a project to determine the most significant research and publications that assisted in the understanding and adoption of no-till agriculture. Randall Reeder, retired ag engineer from Ohio State Univ., and Don Reicosky, retired USDA soil scientist, collaborated on a detailed process to complete this large and aggressive project in advance of three important no-till milestones in 2022.


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What Ever Happened to the Legendary Allis-Chalmers’ No-Till Planter?

Landoll Corp. acquired Allis-Chalmers landmark no-till innovation in 1993 and rebranded it as the Quadra-Planter.
Allis-Chalmers (A-C) is widely credited with designing, manufacturing and selling the first “commercially successful” no-tillage planters in 1966. Landoll Corp. acquired Allis-Chalmers landmark no-till innovation in 1993 and rebranded it as the Quadra-Planter.
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No-Till’s First Prophets

Two ‘founding fathers’ were instrumental in setting the stage for no-tillage, yet never got to see it in practice before their deaths.
Two ‘founding fathers’ were instrumental in setting the stage for no-tillage, yet never got to see it in practice before their deaths.
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The Most Iconic Covers in No-Till Farmer’s Storied History

Here are some of the best covers No-Till Farmer has published as the magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary.

It’s often been said that a magazine cover is where editors announce their intentions. And our intention over our 50 years of history has been to provide no-tillers with both practical, meat-and-potatoes articles and in-depth content on emerging trends and practices meant to stretch the mind. 


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Remembering the Early Days of No-Till Planters

An Allis-Chalmers service department veteran recalls some of the difficulties with getting the first commercially-available no-till planters to market.
An Allis-Chalmers service department veteran recalls some of the difficulties with getting the first commercially-available no-till planters to market.
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