From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming

Frank Lessiter


This book presents No-Till Farmer founding editor Frank Lessiter's personal stories of the people, innovations and influences that saved the soil – and the family farm.

"No-till taught us to manage more acres with the same men and machines and be more profitable..." – Bill Richards, Circleville, Ohio

About the Book

The only editor of No-Till Farmer since its first edition in 1972, Frank Lessiter has been dubbed the "Johnny Appleseed of conservation tillage" for providing the only independent vehicle for growers to learn from one another about the do's and don'ts of no-till farming.

From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming is a truly unique account of historical developments, people and technology from the lens of an ag journalist (Lessiter), who covered the upstart farming method almost from its very beginnings.

With numerous points of entry, contributed pieces and personal histories and reflections, this book is a must-read for everyone in agriculture. It serves as a lasting reminder of how innovations – and their most determined champions – can make a difference in changing the way we farm and feed the world.

SKU 7591, Harcover, 416 pages. 


This book includes 650 photographs and 125 charts, figures and tables. Plus, a special foreword by John Young, the son of the late Harry M. Young, Jr., who was the first American farmer to try no-till in 1962.

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