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Putting Faith in No-Till into Action

Tom Cannon has turned around his family’s farm by parking the plow, increasing rotational diversity and bringing livestock back into the picture.


Pictured Above: SOLID FOUNDATION. After successfully implementing a diverse no-till system on his 6,000-acre farm near Blackwell, Okla., Tom Cannon is shifting the focus to raising grass-fed beef with grazing of both native grasses and cover crops. “My No. 1 decision-making tool will be soil health,” he says. “Because without soil, what have you got?”

In the last several months, Tom Cannon has been on the receiving end of some tough conversations on the phone.

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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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