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Cultivating a No-Till ‘State of Mind’

Measured fertilizer applications, copious amounts of residue and dogged determination have all helped Leon Sowers improve the diversity and viability of his Kansas operation.


Pictured Above: MORE VIABLE. Leon Sowers says adopting no-till practices 18 years ago allowed him to grow a more diverse rotation, which now includes corn, soybeans, winter wheat and milo, as well as specialty crops like sunflowers, canola and sesame. Although prices aren’t very good, he keeps wheat in his rotation because it produces plentiful residue to protect his soils from the elements

THERE WAS A time when Leon Sowers felt killing weeds and preparing…

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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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