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No-till can reduce farming costs, experts
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Jan '08
For years, farmers who planted no-till were said to be “farming ugly.” But nothing about no-till or reduced tillage farming is ugly with this year's High Cotton awards winners. Each has adopted minimum tillage practices and believes those are helping them take better care of their soil and water.

“Farmers are the original environmentalists,” says Hembree Brandon, editorial director at Farm Press Publications. “They, their families and their neighbors have the most to gain by protecting their soil, water and the environment where they live. “This year's winners represent the best of the environmental ethic displayed by so many of our farmers.”

Farm Press sponsors the High Cotton Awards Program through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. The five winners will be honored at a breakfast on Jan. 10 at the National Cotton Council-coordinated 2008 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Nashville. The recipients are: Mike and Timmy Haddock, Trenton, N.C., representing the Southeastern states; “B” Lindsey, Caldwell, Ark., the Mid-South; Clint Abernathy, Altus, Okla., the Southwest; and “Sonny” Hatley, Scottsdale, Ariz., the Far West.

The Haddock brothers said they found no-till was the only way they could offset the cost of labor, equipment, pesticides, fuel and fertilizer after they began growing cotton in 1990. Although cotton has been king in many parts of the Southeast, it hadn't been grown in the Haddocks' part of eastern North Carolina for nearly 50 years.

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