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Increasing Organic Matter Helps Improve Soil Health

Increasing Organic Matter Helps Improve Soil Health

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  • USDA Expands Split-N Benefit to Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin

    USDA’s Risk Management Agency rolled out PACE earlier this year to support stewardship of fertilizer, and it will continue to be offered in select counties of Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota.
  • No-Till Highlights: Sept. 29, 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 Sound Agriculture.
  • Grower Nominations Sought for 15th Class of Responsible Nutrient Practitioners

    No-Till Farmer is currently seeking nominations of no-tillers and strip-tillers for the 155th class of Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners. Three growers will be awarded and recognized during the 31st annual National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 10-13, 2023.

  • EPA Withdraws Glyphosate Ruling

    The cancelled decision also allows the original review allowing glyphosate use to stand. Growers can continue to use glyphosate for crop management until the final review in 2026.
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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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Ecological Farming Proves Beneficial for Farmers in Africa

An international team of scientists has found that eco-friendly practices such as growing a range of crops, including legumes such as beans or pigeon peas, and adding plant residues or manure to soils can raise food crop yields in places such as rural Africa, where small-scale farmers cannot apply much nitrogen fertilizer.

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  • Ralph Martin: Has Fertilizer Canada Given Up on the 4Rs?

    Recent Fertilizer Canada lobbying has morphed the fourth principle from Right rates to holding the line at rates without “a mandatory reduction in the use of fertilizers.” These are 3R and STIR (same to increased rates) principles. Is this right?
  • How to get No-Tillers on Board for Carbon Contracts

    A group of companies called the Agricultural Climate Market Collaborative believes that lack of “transparency” is one of major road blocks to acceptance. To address transparency, the Collaborative developed eleven principles to guide carbon ecosystem marketers when forming these new contracts with growers.
  • Who's Afraid of Regenerative Agriculture?

    Whether regenerative ag continues to be a term talked about, or some other terms takes (eg: “biodynamic agriculture” or “climate smart agriculture”) its place, it’s useful to break down and understand not just the definition, but the principles that go into that definition.
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    A Shocking Study About Glyphosate and Worms

    Based on the headlines, you might expect the experiment to have been fairly simple. Get some worms. Spray the worms with Roundup. Observe seizures. You would be wrong.

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[Podcast] Steve Wilkens Overcomes No-Till Corn Adversity

For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by SOURCE by Sound Agriculture, we're joined by Steve Wilkens who farms about 1,000 acres of Wisconsin ground that his family has worked since the 1850’s. In 2021, Wilkens recorded a yield of 315.4 bushels per acre, enough to claim second place in the Wisconsin No-Till Non-Irrigated category for the National Corn Grower’s Association Corn Yield Contest.

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Could Your Parallel Arms Last Longer?

The parallel arm linkage makes sure that your row-unit is riding smoothly. If you have slop in your parallel arm linkage, that's going to cause a chattering effect of your row unit as you go through the field. That chattering will impact your seed drop.

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No-Till Corn: Pushing the Boundaries of Yield Potential

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Transitioning from conventional farming to no-till and incorporating the use of cover crops requires a higher level of management, but with No-Till Farmer's new No-Till & Cover Crops Handbook, you now have easy access to the critical information you need on field preparation, equipment requirements, how no-till and covers impact other agronomic practices and more.

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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.                                                                              
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Fine-Tuning No-Till Performance with Better Planter Technology

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