No-Tilling Makes Continuous Cropping Work in Dry Climate
Crop Protection, Residue Management, Water Management

No-Tilling Makes Continuous Cropping Work in Dry Climate

The Gallatin Valley is a bustling place. Snug in the shadow of towering Rocky Mountain peaks, the valley is home to Montana State University, the hip and thriving town of Bozeman and a diverse, often progressive community of farmers — ranging from container hydroponic growers of salad greens to large-scale commercial producers — that make it feel more like a California valley than one in Montana.

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  • Which Farming Practices Help Soils Absorb Heavy Rains?

    A synthesis of 89 studies across six continents has helped clarify which agricultural practices hold water when it comes to helping soils soak up precipitation — a factor critical to mitigating floods, outlasting drought, and stabilizing crop yields, according to the University of Nebraska.
  • Tips for Applying Manure in Adverse Weather Conditions

    The problem with getting manure applied this time of year is the struggle between minimizing runoff and logistics. If time runs out for applications, storage overflow can become a problem in the winter. Check out these 15 tips for getting manure applied in bad weather, from the University of Minnesota.
  • Frost or Freeze Damage to Immature Corn

    Forecasts for freezing or near-freezing temperatures when late-planted fields of corn are not yet mature (i.e., not yet at kernel black layer) are naturally concerning to farmers and the grain markets. Learn about the consequences for grain yield, grain moisture, and harvestability of immature corn damaged by frost or freeze events from Purdue University.
  • Mapping White Clover Heritage

    Four-leaved clovers may or may not bring good luck. What’s indisputable is that all white clovers, whether with three or four leaves, have many benefits say researchers in New Zealand.
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    Take Time to Recognize the Best Among Us

    Recently I came across a Tweet from cover crop educator Steve Groff, who collected a sample of “snirt” — windblown snow and dirt — from field near his farm in Pennsylvania that was being tilled.
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    Your Chance to Drive Conversation on Water Technology

    Just like with no-till, cover crops or anything else in production farming, peer pressure can be a major driver of change and innovation. So if you’re wanting to do something about the water-use situation in your area and be a driver of change, this might be your chance.
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    Dicamba Lessons Not Learned

    Earlier this summer, many growers, suppliers and educators figured the lessons learned the hard way in 2017 and 2018 would dramatically reduce this year’s concerns about dicamba use on soybeans. Unfortunately, that hasn't proved to be the case.
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    The Best Water-Saving Strategy Starts with What You DON’T Do

    There are lots of solutions on the table to improve water-use efficiency and address food production challenges the world is facing. But the root of these strategies needs to start with the soil.

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Ray Rawson: The Father of Zone Tillage

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Ray Rawson about zone tillage, the Zone Builder, his ever-changing planter setups and some of the inventions Ray developed over the years.

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