Frank Comments: Soil Microbes Flourish in No-Till

No-tillers recognize the fact that the millions of microbes living underground in their fields are continually improving soil quality by cycling nutrients and turning residues into organic matter.

Results from a recent University of Illinois evaluation of 62 research studies that looked at the impact tillage has on the underground animals in your soils back up these claims.

In these comparisons, no-till had the largest soil microbial biomass and enzymatic activity. Yet, what was just…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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