ISSUE DATE: 06/03/2013
By Doug Rich
Gail Fuller pulled the poly tank to the next paddock, plugged in the water line, opened the gate on the electric fence and turned the cows in on fresh grass. This scene is repeated thousands of times every day on farms across the country. On this warm spring day when the grass is growing fast, Fuller will repeat it again at 3 p.m. and one hour before dark.
What makes this scene different is the fact that Fuller is a no-till farmer and the cowherd is just another crop he rotates over his acreage. The grass these cows are grazing will go back to a cash crop, and another field will be planted to warm- or cool-season grass for grazing.
“Livestock is an absolute no-brainer,” Fuller said. “If you can find a way to use it the system works more efficiently.”
Fuller is well known as a dedicated no-till farmer. He has been 100 percent no-till on his eastern Kansas farm since 1995. In February he was a speaker at the No-Till Oklahoma Conference, and in March he received the National Conservation Legacy Award from the American Soybean Association for his dedication to improving soil health on his farm.
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