What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Cover Crop ‘Epiphany’ Helps No-Till Take Another Step

A trip to North Dakota a few years ago sparked a new revolution for Curtis Furr’s decades-old no-till system.

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NAME: Curtis Furr

LOCATION: Albemarle, N.C.


ACRES: 1,000

CROPS: Corn, soybeans, cotton, popcorn, winter wheat and cereal rye cover-crop seed

My father and grandfather started experimenting with no-till in the late 1960s with the primary goal of stopping erosion. The steep hills we farm would simply wash away when you worked them up.


They started with an old John Deere Grassland drill to sow new ground. It had shovels…

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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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