Less tillage fewer weeds

The very first year he strip-tilled, Nugent also noticed many more weeds where he tilled than where he didn't. He responded by narrowing the tilled strip and now needs a third less herbicide.

He also uses very little commercial fertilizer, depending instead on poultry litter and on recycled nutrients that are pulled from the ground by his oats and returned through their dead straw.

In the beginning, his neighbors were skeptical. Now, Nugent says, "they've switched over, too, because they've seen that it works. It's the only way to farm, as far as I'm concerned."

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