No-Till History Videos

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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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International Harvester’s First Attempt at No-Till Farming

[Video] International Harvester’s First Attempt at No-Till Farming

This video from Classic Tractor Fever shows a little-known no-till fact – that International Harvester actually was the first to release a no-till planter design in 1952-53, but exited after only 2 years, thus yielding history to Allis Chalmers when it comes to first commercially successful no-till planter. Purdue’s Don Rhine and ag historian Maurie Williamson explain the M-21 from IH.
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No-Tillage Farming

[Video] No-Tillage Farming

Harry Young Jr. helped pioneer no-till farming near Herndon, Ky., in the early 1960's. His son, John Young, continues the tradition of conserving topsoil with his son Alexander. Here, they share their thoughts on no-tillage farming and the contributions made by Shirley Phillips, University of Kentucky's Grain Specialist.
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No-Tilling...Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Frank Lessiter

[Video] No-Tilling...Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Frank Lessiter

In a presentation to the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil and Healthy Water, Frank Lessiter shares stories about the past, present and future of no-till farming, including some of the crazy contraptions that got no-till started, obstacles that threatened the viability of the movement, global successes and challenges and more.
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No-Till in the USA

[Video] No-Till in the USA

Part 2 of Conservation Agriculture and Global Warming in Ghana
The second installment of this 4-video report examining the debate on "conservation agriculture" and global warming takes a look at how no-till go started in the U.S. Lloyd Murdock, Professor at the University of Kentucky, Texas A&M University Professor Edwin Price, no-tiller John Young of Herndon, Ky., and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, chairman of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, discuss how soil erosion was the impetus for farmers and researchers who saw the importance of conserving the soil in the 20th century.
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