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Leading the way in Dryland: Michael Herrmann
Michael Herrmann is a dryland, no-till farmer in Northern Edwards County. Looking for a better way to control run-off and preserve soil moisture, Herrmann developed a combined dryland, no-till approach which sets him apart from other dryland farmers in the area. By converting to no-till, he not only achieved his goals of saving water and reducing runoff, but he also noticed other benefits, including saving time, energy, and fuel. In 2013, for example, he used 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel in all of his machinery compared to an estimated minimum use of 30,000 gallons with conventional tillage. Herrmann also relies on renewable energy to pump water and power fencing for his livestock.
Before no-till we had big mud holes. When it rained, the hole filled up. Now you drive by and there’s water one day, the next day it is gone . . . We got rid of hard pans, so water just soaks in. It saves time, energy, and money.
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