Seeding Covers, Ending Tillage Guides Challenging No-Till Transition

For Keith Mayberry, cutting trips across the field and keeping soils covered has reduced his need for irrigation and slashed his farm’s annual fuel budget.

A perfect storm, of sorts, convinced Keith Mayberry it was time to change how he raised his crops.

Even though few growers in his area of southeastern Missouri were no-tilling, Mayberry was forced to look at the practice 5 years ago because grain prices were dropping and input costs continued to increase.

Costs for furrow irrigation were also high because poor soil conditions on his farm caused much of the water to run off into…

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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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