What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Focus on No-Till, Soil Health Puts Farm Problems Out to Pasture
Seeding & Planting, Cover Crops, Soil Health

What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Focus on No-Till, Soil Health Puts Farm Problems Out to Pasture

My soils were on the verge of giving out on me when I finally made the switch to no-till. I’m a first-generation farmer.

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  • Optimizing Fertilizer Source and Rate to Avoid Root Death

    But, as the old adage goes: the dose makes the poison. Similar effects are seen in over-the-counter medicines. People need to take the right dose, at the right intervals, for medicine to be safe and effective. Fertilizer works the same way.
  • First Reports of Sugarcane Aphid on Grain Sorghum in Kansas

    The sugarcane aphid (SCA) has now been reported in several counties in Kansas and grain sorghum producers should begin scouting their fields on a routine basis, says Kansas State University Extension.
  • Weed Science Society of America Issues Statement on Glyphosate Registration

    The board of directors of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) issued a statement supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) science-based approach to evaluating glyphosate — a herbicide that has been the focus of recent lawsuits by those concerned that it may be carcinogenic.
  • Site-Specific Estimation of Corn Yield Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

    Site-specific yield estimation is important for efficient management of agricultural inputs and explaining spatial yield variability. However, the causes of yield variability may differ due to interactions among weather, crop management, and site characteristics such as soil type and topography, according to the University of Minnesota.
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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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    Less Dust with More No-Till

    Drive as far as you can along the 120-mile southern shore of New York’s Long Island and you’ll arrive in the Hamptons.
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    Dryland Cover Crop Study Paints Mixed Picture, But Hope for Future

    A technical bulletin released detailing the feasibility of cover crops in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah painted a mix picture, but still drew some favorable conclusions for the future of covers in semi-arid climates.
  • Calculating the Value of Cover Crops

    Cover crops and other regenerative agriculture practices have been getting a massive amount of attention lately. There have been stories about them in major news outlets like Forbes and the New York Times and politicians have been working these concepts into their speeches and climate platforms, spreading the word about the benefits of keeping the soil covered with diverse living plants.

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The Dangers and Opportunities of Growing Hemp

In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Midwest Bio-Tech, we hear from long-time no-tiller Steve Groff , who explains everything from hemp basics to best methods for weed control, general fertility tips, and what can go wrong with your hemp crop.

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Focusing on Smarter, Sustainable Fertilizing Strategies

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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Turning Your Sprayer into an Effective No-Till Asset

Turning Your Sprayer into an Effective No-Till Asset

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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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