No-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's world 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 Mixmate by PRAXIDYN.
- Saving Soil to Grow Better Crops
- How the IARC Bungled the Cancer Designation of Glyphosate
- Planting Season is Just Around the Corner — Is Your Planter Ready?
- No-Tillers Sought for ‘Expert Advice’ App
- Last Chance to Attend the 2022 National Cover Crop Summit
- In Love With the Residue
A guest “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” yogi, mystic, visionary, and best-selling author Sadhguru explains how over 5,000 years of industrialized farming has leached nutrients from the world’s soil, and the ecological impact this has had on food production and raising crops.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans," which has garnered a great deal of attention in the press and led to large judgements against Bayer, the company that owns glyphosate's most popular formulation, Roundup. Writing for the American Council on Science and Health, Susan Goldhaber explains that the "check-the-box" approach used by the IARC can frequently return false positives, and proposes that another approach to evaluating chemical safety is better.
Planter performance is especially critical in no-till because of high penetration resistance, crop residue at the soil surface and a rough soil surface. Inadequate planter maintenance and setup can result in uneven seed depth and plant spacing, among other issues. But many common and costly planter performance challenges can be prevented with proper maintenance. Learn how with these step-by-step tips from Precision Planting.
“Knowledge is the key to greater profitability and sustainability,” says Rob Saik. “Before farmers will adopt a new practice like no-till, they must be confident in that decision, which comes from talking with experts.” This “digital demo video” from Precision Farming Dealer covers Saik’s AGvisorPRO, a new app to connect experts to farmers in real-time. Saik, who has spoken at the National No-Tillage Conference, is encouraging veteran no-tillers to sign up as experts & help fellow farmers move confidently toward new processes. Experts’ help is monetized — even in short 15-minute increments — in helping fellow farmers in this Uber-like app tool.
Since 2019, thousands of attendees from around the world have attended the online National Cover Crop Summit to discover proven, practical strategies in use by foremost cover crop experts. This year's summit offers another can't-miss lineup of today's most successful cover cropper adopters, researchers and agronomists sharing their best seeding strategies, grazing and feeding tips, variety selection secrets and more. Requiring no travel expense or time away from the office or farm, you will be able to participate from the comfort of your own office through a series of free online presentation videos delivering practical tips and information on managing cover crops to improve soil health, protect the environment and enhance on-farm profitability. Sign up for free today!
The Kansas-based Peterson Farm Bros love no-till and cover crops, just like we do. In this parody video of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You," the trio explains why soil health matters and they're "in love with the residue."
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