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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Cover Crops, Residue Whip No-Till Fields Into Shape

Since retiring from a local shop, Michigan no-tiller Larry Bonnell is using his extra time to focus on putting soil, microbes, insects and crops to work in his no-till system.

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NAME: Larry Bonnell

LOCATION: Pittsford, Mich.

YEARS NO-TILLING: 13

ACRES: 300 acres

CROPS: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat

On a chilly November day 2 years ago, I was deer hunting in one of the fence rows I’ve left to help manage erosion in my hilly fields.

As I sat there along one of my no-tilled fields, I watched an earthworm come up out of his hole, grab a soybean leaf and pull it right…

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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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