Faith in No-Till Brings Changes to Plains Farm

No-tiller Steve Pope is working with cover crops and interseeding on the family’s Oklahoma farm to improve crop diversity, reduce weed pressure and rebuild worn-out soils.

Above photo: RISING UP. Oklahoma no-tillers Steve Pope (left) and his son, Rustin, check hard red winter wheat plants in one of their fields a few weeks before maturity. The Popes adopted no-till almost a decade ago and have been experimenting with summer-planted cover crops like sunn hemp and sorghum-sudangrass.

ABOUT A decade ago, the Pope family in western Oklahoma reached a point where the equipment they used for conventional tillage was worn out.


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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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