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I read with interest your article regarding allowing nature to do the tilling (published in the May 15 edition of High Plains Journal). However, at the conclusion, I was left with the impression that no sane farmer would adopt these practices. You never explained why these alternative practices were important, or desirable, but you did emphasize that new equipment would be needed (expense), yields would suffer for a few years (revenue loss), and at the end of all this, yields might equal—or just perhaps, exceed—current production. One might get the impression you were writing from the perspective of the chemical or machinery industries instead of that of farmers.

In point of fact, these new procedures are necessary, if not desirable, in an ever…



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