Matt Hagny was raised on a grain & cattle farm in South Dakota, where his eyes were opened to the fact that no-till cropping was not only technologically feasible, but could be more profitable than tillage-based cropping systems (he owes this revelation to Jim Schneider and Mark Stiegelmeier). Matt became a follower of Dwayne Back in 1991, before anyone took him seriously, long before he was well-known in no-till circles.

Matt visited central KS in the summer of ’93, and thought the burning and plowing (and continuous wheat) practices were insane. Starting in the spring of 1994, Matt set about to introduce no-till and crop diversity to the region, and make it work. His aim was to become a crop consultant focused on no-till (Pinnacle Crop Tech). He bought a pair of no-till drills and did custom seeding for many years in central KS so that farmers could try no-till without having to invest in new equipment. Matt continued custom-seeding (and was involved in a farm operation for a few years) until 2001, by which time there were plenty of no-till drills and planters in the region, and Matt was plenty busy with other endeavors (including agronomy consulting).

Matt organized the first bus tour from Kansas to Dakota Lakes Research Farm (Dwayne Beck’s) in 1995, which subsequently was taken over by the group (KCRMA) that eventually became known as No-till on the Plains. Matt continued to organize and guide the tour for No-till on the Plains until circa 2004. Matt spoke at the very first event (’97, organized by Eric Lund) that eventually became known as No-till on the Plains Winter Conference. Matt spoke annually at these conferences for many years, as well as other events, and served on the Board of No-till on the Plains from ~ ’99 until ~ ’06.

Matt was enthusiastic about continuing to improve no-till cropping systems. Matt was a cover-crop promoter and experimenter in the mid-’90s, long before it was cool, and continues to push his clients and the farming community towards ever-better practices in this regard (where adapted; dry climates may never need cover crops, obviously). Matt liked it when biology took care of issues that might otherwise require purchasing inputs, although he’d been at this long enough to know not to believe in pipe-dreams. Helping farmers maximize profitability, while reducing risk, and eliminating erosion, is what motivated him. He has an awareness of environmental and food quality/safety concerns, and tries to factor those into decisions.

 Matt passed away on August 24th, 2019. Find out more about the Matt Hagny No-till Scholarship Foundation started in his honor.


Pinnacle’s Crop Health Workshop


  • Questions on how to go about something in no-till?
  • What to cut and what to spend on?

Chances are your hosts, will have experience and/or research on it.

Piecing together a profitable & truly sustainable no-till
cropping system.

What we cover:

  • Solid assessments of what to emphasize and what to ignore for crop inputs for no-till.
  • The evidence of why we recommend what we do.
  • Improving no-till practices over the long-term for your farm, such as cover crops (where appropriate), preserving more mulch, reducing compaction, regaining productivity.

What Pinnacle Clients Are Saying

“We have used Pinnacle’s services for many years, initially in 1994. We find the perspective of Matt’s consulting to be of value in that he does not represent a retail product line and he has extensive history in low-disturbance no-till. Additionally, Matt usually prioritizes his recommendations by first emphasizing those practices that will return the greatest benefit.” Kent Stones

Lebanon, KS

“A farmer gets bombarded with all these
things – do this, do that. You’ve been
instrumental in giving us a baseline of
what to do and when. I’ve sure learned a
lot working with you, especially from
some of your events like the Seeding
School. You’ve contributed admirably to
your profession. Thank you for your
consults and your patience in bringing us along.”

Ken Garman

Burr Oak, KS

“Your consulting advice has been invaluable. It’s really given us the edge.” Adam Froetschner

Kinsley, KS