There is some really weird misinformation in this piece. Most grain farmers in the United States have been using the no-till method for many years, so that's not an issue, and they've been planting cover crops in the winter, so the ground is not bare. PBS is usually pretty reliable - Mark Bittman not so much.
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~ Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, 2018