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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.

YEARS NO-TILLING: 45

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.

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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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