No-Till Farming 101, Seeding & Planting, Cover Crops
No-Till Innovation Comes in Leaps and Bounds

No-Till Innovation Comes in Leaps and Bounds

Conley farms 120 acres for feed (silages, dry hay and high-moisture corn) for his 52-cow dairy, located down a dirt road amid a small fold of hills in Dodge County. The hills make for stunning views of the surrounding countryside, and his barn and silo. They also pose unique management challenges. Or they did, until recently.

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  • [Podcast] Conservation Ag Fellowship: Lifelong No-Till Learning

    For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by SOURCE by Sound Agriculture, we caught up with Jim Leverich of Sparta, Wis., to ask him about some of the things he’s learned about no-till since he was first introduced to the practice back in the 1980s.
  • New Strategy for Growing Cereal Crops with Less Fertilizer

    Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found a way to reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizers needed to grow cereal crops. The discovery could save farmers in the United States billions of dollars annually in fertilizer costs while also benefiting the environment.
  • Want to Cut Your Machine Expenses by Another Two-Thirds?

    National Geographic reported that equipment costs on 1,235 acres — almost exactly the same as the average no-tiller’s operation — could be cut by nearly two-thirds by adopting autonomous farm machinery.
  • No-Till Highlights: August 11, 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.

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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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    No 'Holy War' (Just Hole-y Data) on No-Till Carbon

    The article, published in Anthropocene magazine, cites a study published in the journal "Geoderma," and set for release in the journal's November issue. The study has some issues. Perhaps because no-tillers are passionate and proud folks who take their preferred agricultural practices seriously, some of them are hopping mad.
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[Podcast] Conservation Ag Fellowship: Lifelong No-Till Learning

For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by SOURCE by Sound Agriculture, we caught up with Jim Leverich of Sparta, Wis., to ask him about some of the things he’s learned about no-till since he was first introduced to the practice back in the 1980s.

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Down Force: Applying Too Much, Too Little and the Right Amount

Down force has become a hot topic over the last 10 years in precision agriculture. Does it really matter? How can knowledge of your down force help you?

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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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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

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

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