Tyler Honored for No-till Research

Dr. Don Tyler is being honored as a 2015 'Champion of Change' for his research and outreach contributions in the area of no-tillage cropping systems. These systems have dramatically reduced soil erosion, enhanced soil carbon storage from 1 percent to 4 percent, and increased soil biodiversity. Tyler is considered one of the leaders of the no-till farming movement in the Southeast. When he arrived in Tennessee some 37 years ago, soil erosion rates were among the highest in the United States. Today, no-till practices are used on more than 70 percent of the regionís corn, cotton and soybean acres. Don is a soil management researcher in the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department at The University of Tennessee.

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