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Seeding & Planting

Information and tips about seeding and planting cash crops and cover crops using the no-till method, as well as equipment innovations and trends.

Cover Crops

Uncover the latest information on different species of cover crops and their benefits; tips on the equipment used to seed them; and how no-tillers are using covers on their farm operation to improve their no-till systems.

Equipment

Find nut-and-bolts information here about the machinery side of no-tilling, including planters, drills and air seeders and various related no-till attachments; self-propelled and pull-type sprayers, tractors, combines, spreaders and toolbars.

Crop Protection

Learn which products and management tactics can help no-tillers protect their farm ground from yield-robbing threats posed by weeds, diseases and insect pests.

Residue Management

Valuable how-to tips and information about managing tough no-till residue in all types of climates and conditions, whether it’s stalks, stems, chaff or straw.

Nutrient Management

Dig into more about managing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients in a way that maximizes crop yields while minimizing impacts to the environment and reducing waste.

Precision Ag

Connect to tips and information about precision technologies that can help no-tillers do a more accurate job with planting, spraying, fertilizing, scouting, soil testing, mapping, irrigating and various other farm tasks.

Soil Health

View the secret underground world of soil livestock —including beneficial bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi and earthworms — that are essential to building healthy no-tilled soils and reducing your cost of production.

Water Management

Strategies for preserving or managing moisture in no-till systems, including tiles, cover crops, irrigation and other approaches.

No-Till 101

New to no-till? Gather more about the basic principals of no-till systems, and how to overcome the initial challenges to successfully convert to the practice. You'll find stories of successful no-tillers and their operations. Read how they overcame their challenges.


My No-Till Journey

The "My No-Till Journey" blog is where farmers who are newer to no-till practices share how they tackle challenges and push to succeed. Throughout the next year, Kalispell, Mont., grower Doug Manning shares his journey to implementing no-till on his farm, where he raises wheat, barley, peas and canola. Feel free to leave comments, or tips about succeeding with no-till, at the conclusion of each post.

  • Tackling Challenges with First Year No-Till
    June 22, 2015
    Doug Manning will begin sharing his journey as he adopts no-till practices on his Montana farm — in an area that sees little or no reduced tillage. Manning no-tills wheat, barley, peas and canola and looked overseas to buy a drill that works for him.
 
  • Choosing The No-Till Path
    October 22, 2014
    Even though members of the community recognize the need for greater efficiencies and improved soil health, many are unwilling to take the risks to adopt the new practices. Until multiple years of obvious positive results (i.e. higher yields, drought resistance, lower input costs) are apparent, many will be unwilling to change. But on my farm, the journey to implementing no-till practices continues, and I look forward to sharing my story with you.
 

No-Till 101: An Interview with No-Till Farmer Founder Frank Lessiter


In this three-part video series, associate editor Laura Allen interviews No-Till Farmer founder and editor Frank Lessiter about no-till, the key moments that have impacted its movement, his achievements in promoting the practice, and what he sees happening with the future of no-till.

Go to: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

 

Just getting started in no-till? Here are some introductory articles...

Accepting And Conquering The No-Till Challenge

"No-Till fascinates me. It appeals to the part of my personality that likes a challenge." Ohio no-tiller Keith Kemp

 

Video: Tips For Farmers Planting Cover Crops For The First Time

Terry Taylor, Illinois no-tiller, shares tips for those incorporating cover crops into their rotation for the first time.

 

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