What I've Learned from No-Tilling: No-Till and Cover Crops — Just Rolling With It

A three-pronged management approach helps longtime no-tiller John C. Johnson use residue to keep nutrients cycling and yields high.

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NAME: John C. Johnson

LOCATION: Stewartstown, Pa.

YEARS NO-TILLING: 37

ACRES: 1,000 C

ROPS: Corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay

Cover cropping may be a modern buzz term, but it’s a concept I first witnessed back in the late 1940s. I’m the fifth generation of my family to farm both sides of the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and was fortunate enough to watch both my father and grandfather work the…

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Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.


Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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