Experience: We got rid of our plow over 20 years ago now and switched to soil saving. In 1995, we started no-tilling our beans in, then we started planting the wheat no-till as well. In 2011 we quit fall tillage, and 2013 we started adding cover crops. In 2015, we decided to go for our goal of continuous no-till. That winter we built a planter and in 2016 we were 95% no-till, planting both corn and beans on 15″ rows. We planted soys and corn into green rye in 2016 and again in 2017. Every acre was covered in a crop last fall. It has been a long journey to get here, but we have seen the soil grow. It feels better. The rain soaks into the ground. I have learned that many tiny improvements are what are needed.
Speaking Experience: Plant Green Tour 2017, Elgin Soil and Crop Tour 2017