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Farming Without Tilling

Farming Without Tilling

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Zero-Tilling is a style of farming that is taking hold in North Dakota.

The region's zero-till farmers have been holding a workshop over the last few days in Minot to learn from each other and share new information.

According to Jon Stika, no tilling means planting seeds directly into the residue left from last years crops.

The result is a richer soil and better yield.

(John Stika, Area Resource Soil Scientist and Soil Health Instructor, USDA) "We don't disturb the soil. We diversify our crop rotation so that it feeds the biology in the soil and that just raises the capacity of the soil to function"

In addition to better water absorption and water management, Stika says the equipment for zero-tilling is incredibly cost effective.

(John Stika, Area Resource Soil Scientist and Soil Health Instructor, USDA) "You know these drills will pay for themselves because we're going to use half of the fuel, half of the labor, to get the job done."

Next year's zero-till workshop will be held in Dickinson on January fifth, sixth and seventh.

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