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Conservation Tillage Guide: November 2013
Vertical tillage…It’s a hot-button topic, and in a special report in this edition of Conservation Tillage Guide we’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of the practice and let no-tillers show you how they use it on their farm. We also give equal time to no-tillers who don’t feel such tools belong in a no-till system.
A continuous-corn rotation may be appealing to no-tillers for many reasons, but heavy amounts of residue can be challenging. We’ll share practices and planter setups that fellow no-tillers and experts believe can contribute to a successful corn-on-corn system.
We also cover national corn-yield contest winner David Wolfskill’s no-till secrets for 300-bushel corn, and how you can get the most out of phosphorus and potassium applications.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM NO-TILLING
Beating Rain And
Taking No-Till To Pasture
John Kemmerman found that purchasing his own no-till drill allowed him to tackle long-overdue pasture seeding and create a better farm system.
Climbing The Ladder
To 300-Bushel No-Tilled Corn
Manure applications, in-furrow fertility treatments, ship-shape planters and 3 decades of 100% no-till are helping Pennsylvania no-tiller David Wolfskill reach record corn yields.
New Rules May Open Door For Cover Crops
No-tillers who follow the NRCS’ new guidelines on termination dates can reap the benefits of covers without losing their crop insurance.
Tips For Making No-Tilled
No-tillers and planter experts share their advice in working through tough corn residue and achieving good stands in continuous corn.
Specialists Find Profitable Niche
Illinois no-tillers Matt and Connie Hughes have conquered high management requirements and are successfully no-tilling soybeans for seed production, and raising non-GMO varieties to snag rising premiums.
Focus On Precision
Ag Reaps Strip-Till Benefits
GPS guidance, variable-rate seeding and other technologies have provided Ohio’s Brian Watkins with 145% return on investment.
Fix-It List For Strip-Till
Rigs Goes Beyond The Iron
Technology updates and assessing field conditions are becoming increasingly critical for successful strip-tilling in the spring or fall.
Corn, Soybeans Pay Off
The quest for bigger yields and healthier plants led Ohio no-tiller David McNeilan to establish a twin-row system.
Technology Plants Seeds of Profit
Once they commit to the practice, no-tillers often find that managing planting populations on the go can cut seed costs and maximize yield.
Tips For Getting
More From Your ‘P And K’
Building healthier no-till soils, frequent soil testing and other readily available products and practices can help no-tillers stretch their fertility dollars further.
No-Till, Covers May Ease
The success of no-till, cover crops and nutrient stewardship in Indiana’s Eagle Creek Watershed could serve as a blueprint for preserving farmland productivity without sacrificing water quality.
Vertical Tillage: Focus On End Goals
No vertical-tillage tool performs every task, so it’s best to do your homework and ask hard questions, says columnist Daniel Davidson.
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