While many people are convinced no-till is the way to farm, many others are convinced it does not work. Clearly no-till farming can work, but failures typically occur because of one or more of these 10 reasons:

1. Selecting the wrong seed variety
No-till seedlings may experience cooler and wetter seedbeds. Planting varieties that tolerate these conditions is important.

2. Lack of crop rotation
Crop rotation is important to break up disease, insect and weed cycles. Double cropping the same crops every year is not a crop rotation. A field must grow a different crop at the same time of year in consecutive years to be in a rotation.

3. Lack of equipment
The main equipment needed is a no-till planter and a sprayer. The technology of both of these has improved significantly in the past decade. Using old equipment may be of as little benefit as using the wrong equipment.

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