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How to Run a No-Till Farm

Don’t be mistaken into believing that no-till farming means there’s no effort involved. If you want to reap the benefits of no-till farming while maintaining a profitable farm, you will need to take considerable care of your farm management. Alternative ...

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Residue Distribution Critical for No-Till

Corn and soybean grain harvest is just around the corner, and it’s time to emphasize the importance of residue distribution for no-till success. Uniform distribution is important for planter and drill performance, but also because the residue contains nutrients that ...

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No-Tillers Lead the Way in Reversing Climate Change

Earlier this year, the advisory firm ICF International released a report commissioned by Monsanto that detailed how agriculture was contributing to climate change and what the industry can do to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The ICF assessed what it ...

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No soil is too wet or cold for no-till

No-till doesn’t work here. That was the message Carl Oberholtzer heard from new neighbors when he moved to west-central Wisconsin from the Chesapeake Bay area in 2000. Soils were too wet and too cold for no-till to work, they said, ...

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Nitrogen Sensing for On-the-Go Variable-Rate Application in Corn

Nitrogen (N) is often the most limiting nutrient for optimum corn production. It’s needed in large quantities, but because N is unstable, it can quickly be lost to the environment. In recent years, crop-sensing technologies have been introduced to help ...

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When No-Till Fields Need Fixing

As the combines roll across fields, it’s not hard to spot the wheel tracks, ruts and pinch rows. At planting and sidedressing, it came to the point that causing field damage was better than having little to no crop at ...

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How Fast Can You Really No-Till

New planter technology could help no-tillers and strip-tillers speed up planting by 2-5 mph, but field conditions and attachment choices will determine the upper limit and level of success, experts say. When planting season arrives, time is money — and ...

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Tips for no-tilling into heavy corn residue

Often producers are concerned about no-tilling into fields with large amounts of residue. The residue needs to be properly spread behind the combine during harvest of the previous crop, preferably with a straw chopper and proper chaff distribution. Minimize any ...

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4 Tips for Avoiding Compaction at Harvest

Harvest is underway in some parts of the country, and will soon begin for others. And while some regions are experiencing warm, dry conditions that are ideal for resolving severe compaction, if the opposite is true in your area and ...

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20 Tips for No-Tilling

Think through the process. Kill the sod in the fall so that planting corn is easy in the spring. Practice wielding that no-till drill with cover crops during the fall. Start by planting no-till grain in fall after soy beans ...

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