A Publication to Help Farmers
Understand the Effects of
No-Till Systems on the Soil.
BETTER SOILS WITH
THE NO-TILL SYSTEM
by Sjoerd W. Duiker & Joel C. Myers
“Better Soils with the No-Till System”
is written to encourage farmers
to obtain the benefits of reduced
time spent tilling, increased moisture
content in the soil, and healthy
soil for growing crops from the
micro- and macro-invertebrates
that live within.
Many thanks to those farmers
who have put these practices to
work on their land and shared
their successes. They are truly
stewards of the land.
This publication is a product of the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership. It was
produced with funding, editing and production assistance from Pennsylvania State
University, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Association of
Conservation Districts, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
Sjoerd Duiker, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of soil management at the Pennsylvania State University.
Sjoerd has both research and extension responsibilities in his position in the Department of Crops and Soils
at Penn State University. Much of his time is devoted to the impact of no-till on soil quality management.
His specialization focuses on the effects of soil management practices on soil properties and processes. He
has extensive experience working in the Netherlands, Spain, Africa and the United States. Sjoerd has actively
supported no-till throughout Pennsylvania and the northeast and successfully started no-till programs and
field days with the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He has actively supported the regional no-till
groups in Pennsylvania and made presentations relating to no-till systems at many producer meetings.
Joel Myers is the State Agronomist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania.
He has promoted no-till through his support of field days, no-till prog