Joe Swanson of Windom, Kansas began no-tilling in 1992 and was 100 percent no-till by 1996. His first reason for converting was soil erosion in his areas of Kansas, which receives about 26 inches of precipitation per year.

He has since experienced additional benefits as a result of the no-till system including improved water infiltration, increased earthworm populations, improved water quality runoff, increased organic matter, increased wildlife populations, reduced equipment overhead, reduced labor, higher yields and profits. He grows a variety of cash crops and cover crops in his dryland system; he has also integrated livestock into his operation.