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Nitrogen Management Vs. No-Till

Check out ways no-tillers are doing a better job of applying nutrients in the face of growing environmental concerns.

With nitrogen management becoming even more important, No-Till Farmer readers have shared a wealth of valuable ideas for helping protect the environment.

“To boost nitrogen efficiency, we’ve reduced rates.”

—Ed Ruge, Valparaiso, Ind.

“Proposed regulations for fall application of anhydrous ammonia make it essential that we regulate ourselves before the government does.”

—James Andrew, Jefferson, Iowa

“Place nitrogen at the most important time for consumption by no-till corn plants without worrying about denitrification.”

—Mark Kessler, Crawfordsville, Ind.

“Nitrogen is the hardest variable input we have to manage and it really affects the profit potential of our no-till operation.”

—Kelly Cheesewright, Dana, Ind.

“Because of nitrogen management, it’s more important to sidedress anhydrous ammonia in no-tilled corn.”

—Gary Schafer, Brighton, Ill.

“We more carefully watch nitrogen timing with small grains and sweet corn.”

—Alan Brooks, Markesan, Wis.

“Split-apply your nitrogen for better efficiency.”

—Jack Clark, Danville, Pa.

“We keep reducing nitrogen rates by 10 pounds every year.”

—Ed Miles, Loami, Ill.

“We need better application equipment since it’s difficult to apply anhydrous ammonia through no-till residue.”

—Harvey Kristen, Colby, Kan.

“Farmers have to be more aware that nitrogen contamination can be a serious problem.”

—Todd Hesterman, Napoleon, Ohio

“We’re paying more attention to nitrogen management with the long-term natural release of nutrients from no-till, better water management and fall strip-tilling.”

—Les Seiler, Fayette, Ohio

“From a cost standpoint, we’re using less nitrogen and do a better job with placement and time of application.”

—David Nichols, Ridgley, Tenn.

“We’re doing a better…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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