No-Till Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul
Seeding & Planting, Residue Management

No-Till Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns. Newly-released results from long-term research at Michigan State University says no-till practices provide consistent benefits over conventional agriculture methods.

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  • Cereal Rye Most Popular Cover Crop Species

    Can you name 10 species of cover crops? No, this isn’t a riddle — it’s actually easier than you think. An easy place to start: cereal rye.
  • USDA Crop Progress Reports 64% of Corn Emerged

    The latest USDA Crop Progress report showed the rate of both corn planting and corn emergence remain well ahead of last year's progress.
  • Avoiding Injury from Seed Corn Maggot

    Seed corn maggot can feed on germinating crop seeds, reduce seedling vigor and reduce plant stands. Get tips from the University of Nebraska on dealing with these pests.
  • How to Decrease Drift

    When using crop protection products, mitigating drift is key not only to the health of surrounding plants but also to increasing effectiveness of the product and maximizing profits. Find out more from South Dakota State University.
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No-Till Columns

  • Residue Removal Doesn’t Pay

    OVER THE YEARS, we’ve written numerous articles on the value of leaving all the crop residue in no-tilled fields. Veteran no-tillers have told us they wouldn’t part with any residue, even with a price tag of $100 a ton.
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    Modeling, Mobile Drip Could Help Save Ogallala Aquifer

    Two interesting developments could help play a role in saving the Ogallala aquifer, an underground water resource that helps drive a $35 billion ag economy in the Great Plains region.
  • Wet Spring Weather, Tile and Unintended Consequences

    Water quality regulations in the 1990s led to a surprise increase of herbicides in waterways, despite decreased use of the target chemical. Turns out drainage tile — so useful in no-till fields — is speeding the compounds from field to stream.
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    Rotations or No-Till Most Critical?

    When growers and educators talk about soil health, it’s usually about combining the benefits of no-till, crop rotations and cover crops.

No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators Podcast

No-Tilling in the Lake Erie Basin and Beyond with Joe Nester

In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with independent ag consultant Joe Nester. Joe Nester specializes in issues surrounding agriculture’s impacts on the Lake Erie basin.

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In agriculture, improved management practices have to make sense in dollars and cents. Sustainable agriculture means stewardship of the land, air and water — but it also means doing this in a way that is profitable over the long-term. Sustaining and further improving crop yield is the best objective of soil health. Continuous improvement of crop yield is extremely dependent on how we plan to invest and sustain the soil ecosystem to withstand environmental threats and stripping of key nutrients needed to sustain agriculture.

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