Martha Mintz

Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.

Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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Ag Tech Adoption, Strip-Till “Compromise” Conquer Conservation Challenges

Van Wert, Ohio, farmer Trent Profit builds on years of smart, precise operational practices to take his family farm to the next level with progressive ag tech adoption and innovative engineering.
MINIMUM STRIP-TILL. Trent Profit uses a Dawn 6000 minimum disturbance strip-till unit to variable-rate apply a prescription rate of dry fertilizer as determined by soil testing. The coulter-style strip-tiller leaves barely a trace in the field compared to the old shank-style machine he originally used.
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Putting Economics Behind the Benefits of Conservation Tillage Practices

Since 2013, the National Corn Growers Assn. and their partners have been working to increase the confident adoption of soil health management practices today and in the future through the Soil Health Partnership (SHP).
One critical key to confidence in a conservation tillage system investment includes proving out the economic benefits — or lack of economic penalties — for adopting those practices. Assigning dollar values to soil health improvements remains difficult.
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