No-Till Farming and its Benefits

No-Till Farmer editors have compiled a list of their favorite content from the past week, offering a unique perspective on the world of agriculture. One article discusses the observations and challenges faced by a farmer in Marion, Illinois, regarding no-till soybeans and cover crop termination. The article explores different scenarios and cover crop termination timings.

Another infographic shared by CropLife America reveals that no-till farming can save a substantial amount of fuel and reduce carbon emissions. In fact, it is estimated that no-till farming saves 812 million gallons of fuel every year, enough to power 3.2 million homes.

UMass Amherst Associate Professor Isaac Larsen authored a report on how no-till farming can minimize topsoil erosion and maintain soil fertility for centuries. The report highlights the importance of adopting sustainable farming practices to combat the unsustainable rate of soil erosion.

A research model indicates that expanding no-till practices across the entire Midwest could potentially reduce projected soil losses by an impressive 95% over the next century. This finding underscores the significant impact no-till farming can have in preserving soil health and preventing the alarming rate of soil erosion seen with conventional tillage methods.

The benefits of planting a second cover crop, like buckwheat, are also explored in a YouTube Short video by Dowdle Family Farms. This method can enhance livestock and soil health without requiring excessive spending or additional labor.

No-till farming offers numerous advantages, including reduced soil erosion, increased soil fertility, significant fuel savings, and improved overall sustainability. By adopting these practices, farmers can contribute to preserving and enhancing the health of our agricultural land for future generations.


– “No-Till Soybean Observations & Cover Crop Termination Challenges from Summer ‘23” – No-Till Farmer
– “No-Till Farming Saves 812 Million Gallons of Fuel Every Year” – CropLife America
– “Report: No-Till Can Minimize Erosion, Keep Soil Fertile for Centuries” – UMass Amherst
– “No-Till Could Reduce Projected Soil Loss by 95% Over Next Century”
– “No-Tilling a Second Cover Crop of Buckwheat” – Dowdle Family Farms