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Cover Crop Use Spreading Across the Globe

Cover Crop Use Spreading Across the Globe

Cover crops are seeing popularity increase overseas, from Europe to Asia to Australia to New Zealand, as farmers look for many of the same benefits on their own farms. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.

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  • No-Till Highlights: June 30, 2022

    No-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's realm from the lofty digital realm. Here is our favorite content from the past week from across the web. “No-Till Farmer's Best of the Web" is brought to you by Mixmate by PRAXIDYN.

  • Climate-Friendly Practices Can Increase Crop Yields, Study Shows

    In a 9-year study, researchers in Europe and Africa found they could increase yields by pairing manure with small amounts of synthetic fertilizers. In addition, they were able to reduce herbicide use with longer crop rotations and growing nitrogen-fixing crops.
  • Experts from Missouri, Iowa, Share Observations On No-till

    Experts from Missouri and Iowa academic institutions weigh in on the benefits of no-till in this piece from Missouri Farmer Today. While almost all praise (and use) no-tillage systems, they admit the positive benefits (soil absorption, for one) are hard to quantify monetarily.
  • Fare-Thee-Well John Deere Moldboard Plow 3710

    The company will no longer take orders for the model 3710 moldboard plow, citing changing tillage practices among farmers.
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    No-Till and The American Kestrel

    No-till is usually touted for its soil health benefits and how it reduces erosion and improves workload. But since switching to no-till, this Wisconsin dairy operation is seeing that the practices of keeping the soil covered and boosting biological diversity is having a positive affect on the local kestrel population as well.
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    Less than 5% of U.S. Soybeans are Double-Cropped

    So much to my surprise, a report from ASA arrived in my email inbox around the first of June. Authored by ASA chief economist Scott Gerlt, his analysis of government data indicates less than 5% of U.S. soybeans are currently being double-cropped each year. This double-cropped soybean acreage has continued to decline over the past decade, dropping from around 10% of the total in 2013 despite the continued growth in no-till soybean production.
  • Would You Trust The EPA To Diagnose An Illness?

    If I feel a sudden pain in my ankle while walking down some stairs, I'm not going to the EPA or the 9th Circuit to figure out what caused it. I'm going to the hospital. If the first doctor tells me that my ankle sprain was caused by aliens, I'll seek a second opinion. If the new doctor says there's no evidence that tigers are responsible for my ankle pains, that's probably true, but I'll likely need a third opinion to get out of the mess.
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    More Double-Cropping Means More No-Till

    With a push by the Biden administration to expand double-cropped acres by 100% over the next 8 years, you can bet most of this anticipated increase will be no-tilled. After all, farmers have long recognized no-till makes the most economic, cost-cutting and environmental sense when double-cropping wheat and soybeans.

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[Podcast] Norbert Beaujot on No-Till Saskatchewan and Dot Technologies

For this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by The Andersons, we'll discusses the intersection of no-till and technology in Saskatchewan, Canada. The need for autonomy arose in Saskatchewan because of the shortage of available labor, says Norbert Beaujot. Farms — like his 3,000-acre no-till mixed crop and testing operation — were getting larger, but labor remained scarce.

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Understanding Soil Fertility for Higher Yields

This special report was put together to help farmers understand soil fertility and the connection with crop yields. From Neal Kinsey’s explanation of how to nurture soils so they become a thriving, productive system to the importance of sulfur to identifying nutrient imbalances on real-life soil tests, the topics covered illuminate today’s generally accepted understanding of soil fertility.                                                                              
    
                                                     
Fine-Tuning No-Till Performance with Better Planter Technology

Fine-Tuning No-Till Performance with Better Planter Technology

This 24 page special report is designed to bring you practical information and tips on how to improve each and every facet of your no-till planter, from attachments to GPS systems to evaluating various setups. Expert advice from long-time no-tillers, no-till researchers and planter consultants offer valuable insights into modifications and adjustments that will help you achieve better stands and ultimately better yields.                                                        
    
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Built to Last: No-Till's Trials & Triumphs... 60 Years Later

This 44-page Special Commemorative Edition is meant to honor the shoulders of those on which no-tillers stand on today, and to also remind the next generation that true, revolutionary breakthroughs in farming are still possible. More than 110 million acres proves it. Based on detailed research, historical discoveries and many conversations with farmers who proudly shared their personal no-till memories, this fascinating report dives into all aspects within the rich history of no-till farming.

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