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Biology of Soil Compaction

We highly recommend this article, The Biology of Soil Compaction (pdf), revised and updated from an Ohio State* publication, and consider it to be absolutely essential to understanding a no-till system. Indeed, it should be ‘required reading’ for anyone involved in farming. Or even gardening!

*The second author is Juca Sá, the famed Brazilian soil scientist.

Note: Exapta doesn’t endorse controlled traffic, although it’s mention is a minor blemish on a fabulous article. We suspect its mention is due to Randall Reeder’s long-standing advocacy for controlled traffic. Exapta respectfully disagrees, noting how devastating the water erosion becomes in the tracks in continuous no-till if there’s even the smallest slope.

Chris Horton

Chris Horton brings 25 years of management with him. He grew up on his grandparents farm in Reno County Kansas where they mainly grew wheat and cattle feed. He worked on feed lots as a pen rider and cow-calf operations before moving to Southern California where Chris started a new career in the transportation and transport logistics, eventually managing the western region for a large commercial vehicle leasing company. Chris moved home to Kansas, to manage a local Farmers Coop and then eventually the service dept for a tractor dealership. The opportunity to join the Exapta team came up, and he knew he wanted to be a part of this team.

Bob Pagel

Sales & Service Representative

Prior to joining Exapta, Bob Pagel was an Agricultural Territory Sales Manager for Ritchie Brothers, serving parts of MN, WI and IA. He continues to support his family farm in SE Minnesota.

Jon Zeller

Current Product Engineer

Jonathan Zeller joined Exapta excited to return to working with no-till planting equipment. He supported research of no-till planting and other ag related projects for 7 years with Kansas State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department after getting his engineering degree. He later worked 3 years for Landoll Company, LLC. where he gained experience in a design engineering role. Jonathan grew up on a small family farm in NE Kansas working with row crops, hay and cattle. Jonathan enjoys solving engineering problems and improving or creating products to be robust and easy to install and service.