Seeding & Planting, Cover Crops, Soil Health
Hitting Pay Dirt by Boosting Soil Biology

Hitting Pay Dirt by Boosting Soil Biology

In the pursuit of higher soil organic matter levels in their soils, Barry and Eli Little, a father-and-son team farming in Castlewood, S.D., are aggressively adopting regenerative practices.

No-Till News

  • Growers Could Receive $25 Per Acre Payments if Using Cover Crops

    Landowners could receive payments of $25 per acre on up to 1,000 acres if cover crops are established in their fields for the purposes of soil health, according to a preliminary Senate draft of the Build Back Better bill and corresponding budget. Non-operating landowners could receive payments of $5 per acre for encouraging tenants to seed covers on rented fields.
  • Study: Soil Health Practices Boost Income for 85% of Corn Growers

    According to the Soil Health Institute, data collected and analyzed across 100 farms in 9 states shows that soil health management systems increased net income for 85% of those growing corn and 88% of those growing soybeans.
  • Herbicide Scarcity and Fall Burndown Options, Part 2

    A previous article on an impending shortage of glyphosate offered several burndown options for no-till wheat, but this shortage affects fall herbicide decisions also, says Ohio State University.
  • USDA Reports 10% of Corn Harvested

    USDA reported 10% of corn crops harvested, above the 8% reported harvested by this time in 2020.
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Focus on Biology for Better Soil Health
For farmers aiming for sustainable and profitable crop production, optimizing soil health and function is the ultimate endgame.

What You Should Know About No-Till Planters
For no-tillers, the planter is the most crucial piece of equipment on their farm. This article will take you through the basic components of a no-till planter and provide you with tips for no-till planter maintenance from experienced pros in the industry.

Digging Into the Principles of Regenerative Ag
Based on the principles of building healthy soil, regenerative ag aims to not only sustain farm productivity but to actually work with nature to regenerate the soil, increase biodiversity and enhance the farming ecosystem.

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Join more than 40 top-notch no-tillers, agronomists, researchers and other no-till experts in Louisville, January 4-7, 2022, to discover innovative ideas that can help you get the most out of your no-till farming system. The 30th anniversary National No-Tillage Conference offers a mix of thought-provoking General Sessions, expert-led No-Till Classrooms and collaborative No-Till Roundtables. Plus, valuable pesticide recertification and Certified Crop Advisor credits are available to qualifying attendees. LEARN MORE


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  • Building Stronger Communities through Agricultural Innovation

    With one foot in the future and one in the past, this Iowa farm kid is seeking to integrate livestock and row cropping autonomously in order to restore health to the land, water and community.
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    No-Tillage is for the ‘Birds’

    OVER 50 YEARS of writing about the benefits of no-till, we’ve only done a few articles on the expansion of wildlife populations with no-till. That’s why we were pleased to come across some work by University of Illinois environmental scientists on whether no-till and cover crops provide extra benefits for birds.

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    Residue Helps You Save Water, Fertilizer Costs

    I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating: keeping residue on your fields will save water and reduce fertilizer costs.
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    Water Fights Coming Home to Roost in Wyoming

    Ogallala aquifer water that is needed for agriculture is getting getting sold off at lucrative prices to municipalities and oil producers. Read on to see the impact it’s having.

No-Till Farmer Podcast

[Podcast] Integrating Farm-to-Table Organic Hemp with Covers and Grazing

For this No-Till Farmer podcast, we caught up with Tom Cotter, a no-tiller and strip-tiller in Austin, Minnesota, right after a Minnesota Soil Health School session he hosted at his farm. He explains how he has skirted many of the problems facing hemp farmers by following the farm-to-table production model to grow the product for his own Superior Cannabis Company stores in Austin and Duluth.

The Andersons Bio Reverse

No-Till Farmer podcast series is brought to you by The Andersons.

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Take back your nutrients with Bio Reverse from The Andersons. Stalk degradation is an essential part of no-till field management. Bio Reverse is a robust microbial package designed to significantly reduce residue stubble prior to the next cropping season. The application of Bio Reverse following harvest released 10 times more nutrients than fields left untreated. With a 2-year shelf life and easy handling, Bio Reverse is ideal for every operation. Visit for more information. 

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Planter Maintenance with Precision Planting

How to Make Sure Your Planter Bar is Level

It's important to make sure you set your planter bar height so your parallel arms run level with the ground. When your parallel arms run uphill to the bar you limit the amount of travel that you have for the row-unit. As you start to go over any sort of terrain your row-unit may bottom out on that stop and you'll be planting shallow.

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The Planter Maintenance series is brought to you by Precision Planting. Precision Planting, LLC is the leading provider of practical and effective precision ag technologies to help make farmers smarter every season.

No-Till Passport Series

Helping Zambia Reach its ‘Huge’ Farming Potential

A longtime Australian no-tiller and former speaker at the National No-Tillage Conference is playing a major role in an organization determined to help Africa adopt modern farming methods.

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Cover Crop Strategies

Cover Crop Strategies

The editors of Cover Crop Strategies and No-Till Farmer created this 24-page special report to share ideas on getting covers established, using a roller-crimper for termination, successfully integrating livestock into a cover-crop system and using covers to transition away from an overdependence on herbicides and fertilizers. 
Turning Your Sprayer into an Effective No-Till Asset

Turning Your Sprayer into an Effective No-Till Asset

Make your spraying operations an even more valuable tool for your no-till system with this special 32-page management report. Get up to speed on the cost-saving precision spray technologies available on the market and pick up several how-to tips on improving application effectiveness. Plus, hear first-hand from No-Till Farmer readers as they share some of the updates they’ve made to their sprayers to ratchet up performance.

Getting More From Your Nitrogen Investment

Getting More From Your Nitrogen Investment

Discover numerous tools and application strategies at your disposal today including the case for moving nitrogen (N) applications in corn to later in the season and the potential that crop sensors are showing for targeted N applications to increase efficiency and profitability. Plus, learn about certain species of cover crops that can fix significant amounts of N.

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