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“Folks in the eastern Corn Belt no-till to get rid of excessive moisture while out west we no-till to save every drop...” — Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Farm, Pierre, S.D.
TALK IT OVER. Some 50 No-Till Roundtables at the first event gave 814 attendees a chance to ask very specific no-till questions of other attendees.
Building strips in the fall leaves a mound of soil in the row area that remains 5-7 degrees warmer than the surrounding soil, says Cliff Roberts of Kentland, Ind. Fall stripping allows ideal fertilization placement and eliminates compaction in the row area. Having already strip-tilled for a half dozen years, Roberts indicated he had done it all wrong the first 3.
It’s a time-consuming practice, but Tom O’Dell says grid soil testing is relatively cheap if you have access to a computer. The veteran no-tiller from Losantville, Ind., urges no-tillers to soil test more frequently and pay attention to the acidity levels in the top 3 inches. He also told attendees the capacity for cation exchange in no-tilled soils is as critical to success as the actual presence of nitrogen or phosphorous.