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Four Farmers Weigh In On Regenerative Ag Practices At The National No-Tillage Conference

Jan 15, 2020

Bill Spiegel 

Argentine scientist and farmer Roberto Peiretti got right to the point in the first presentation of the 2020 National No-till Conference with a warning for the world’s food producers: Farming systems will need to change to meet growing demands for food.

4,000 years of tillage and land degradation “is a cost we cannot pay any longer,” says Peiretti, a keynote speaker at the annual event in St. Louis on January 8. Reducing tillage and adopting cover crops are essential to keep productive soil in place. The challenge is, there is no one recipe for no-till. Farmers cannot change soil types, but they can improve soils by reducing tillage and growing continuous plants, which influence how soil captures rainfall, sunlight, and temperature.

“There are principles that have validity, but need to be locally adapted and tested on your farm,” he says.

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