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No-Till Transition Succeeds Step by Step

The Forkner family is bringing productivity back to gently rolling hills by adding livestock and seeding cover crops to build soil health.


Pictured Above: COVERED UP. Tim Forkner (left) and his son Nathan have pushed back erosion problems on the rolling hills they farm in northwest Missouri with the adoption of no-till practices and seeding of triticale, radish, oats and other cover crops after soybeans, corn and winter wheat

No-till adoption didn’t happen overnight for the Forkner family, but after several years of seeing positive results it’s not likely they’d ever go back to conventional tillage. 

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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