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Conservation Tillage – A brief instructional video

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For one year, my Ecology major professor and I met during each of the seasons at his teaching farm and lab, Spring Valley EcoFarms, to record another crucial step of the conservation tillage process. The video below is a product of those meetings. But a film is hardly made by one person. I’d like to direct your attention to the outstanding videographer who helped me, Katie Smith, and the extremely talented teacher/editor/mentor, James Biddle, who regularly checked in on edits.

Roll tape.

Kathleen Raven About the Author: Kathleen Raven is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her MS in Ecology with a focus on sustainable agriculture and MA in Health & Medical Journalism from the University of Georgia. Follow on Twitter @sci2mrow.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.






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  1. 1. pvincell 5:17 pm 09/28/2013

    Interesting. I had heard of pesticide-free no-till farming but I haven’t had the opportunity to see it. This video gives a look at the basic technology. Great post!

    Paul Vincelli
    College of Food, Agriculture, and Environment
    University of Kentucky

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  2. 2. Kathleen Raven in reply to Kathleen Raven 3:28 pm 09/29/2013

    I’m glad the video was helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions I may be able to answer.

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