No-till Farmer to Farmer-Introduction to the Series

This is the introductory segment of a four-part series in which five farmers in southeast Pennsylvania share their knowledge and experiences in no-till crop production.
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No-till Farming. It isn’t a new farming practice. But it is new to some farmers; farmers that are interested in trying no-till planting for the first time. And there are some farmers that are taking another look at trying it again; for several possible reasons.

Rising fuel costs. Improved soil and water conservation.

And who isn’t looking for ways to find more time to get their work done?

A lot has been learned about no-till since the early days when it first started catching on. Much of this is the result of farmers who were willing to give it a try and then sought ways to learn how to do it better. This video program was created to help those of you that want to know more about how to make no-till work on your farm. The farmers you will be hearing from have taken the challenge and have become successful no-till farmers. They don’t claim to have all the answers but they are willing to share what they learned from doing it themselves on their farms. Let’s get to know them a little more.

Leroy Bupp has a dairy farm in the rolling hills of southern York County. Like many farmers in his area, Leroy had been doing some no-till planting on his farm since the seventies.

But tillage was also done, particularly for manure incorporation. Hearing about and seeing the success other farmers had with no-till on their dairies convinced Leroy to make the move to continuous no-till in nineteen ninety three. And he hasn’t looked back since.

Jim Hershey farms near Elizabethtown in Lancaster County. He has seen all of the benefits of no-till contribute to improving the bottom line of his farm business. In addition to growing his own grain crops he manages a hundred and seventy acres of crop production for other farmers in his area. Jim also does custom planting with his no-till drill and corn planter and custom grain harvesting. He also has a hog finishing operation and raises broiler chickens. He began his transition to no-till in the mid-nineties.

Jeff Frey’s farm is located in southern Lancaster County. In addition to raising grain crops he also has a hog finishing operation. Jeff also does custom planting, harvesting and manure hauling. Improving erosion control and the need to find a way to get his field work done faster prompted him to begin no-tilling. His transition to no-till in the mid-eighties was complete within three years. And he has been farming one hundred percent no-till ever since.

Jim Hoffman along with his son Jim junior, has a dairy farm on the shale soils of northern Lebanon County. Time constraints and concerns about soil erosion were reasons Jim began to no-till. No-till planting allows more flexibility in his strip cropping layout and that makes field operations more efficient. They have been continuously no-tilling the crops on their farm for the last ten years. In addition to the home dairy farm they also do custom planting on about two thousand acres each year with their no-till grain drill. At Wolf Farms just outside of Stewartstown in southern York County, Dan Wolf together with his brothers Dave and Steve, have a cash grain farm operation. They first tried no-till in nineteen sixty nine, with a modified corn planter to plant double crop soybeans. Moving on to no-till corn followed and purchasing a no-till drill in the early nineties moved nearly all their planting into a continuous no-till system. We hope that the information in these videos will allow you to benefit from the experience of these farmers and help make no-till farming more successful for you. So let’s learn more about No-till Farmer to Farmer.

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