NNTC

1998: No-Till ... The Future Is Now

Jan. 22-24, Indianapolis • 660 attendees

Co-sponsors, along with No-Till Farmer...

American Cyanamid | Agrotain | DuPont Ag Products | Monsanto | Zeneca Ag Products (Syngenta)


“With precision farming, it’s up to no-tillers to manage the variability and fill in the missing pieces...”— Doug Harford, Mazon, Ill.


NNTC Insights...

Less Compaction with Higher Organic Matter Soils

With long-term no-till, Lloyd Murdock says growers can increase organic matter levels to a point where soils are very difficult to compact. The University of Kentucky soil scientist urges no-tillers not to resort to rotational tillage after a few years when problems arise. He predicts a number of benefits for no-till that won’t happen for 12-15 years down the road.

If there’s a barometer to know how well you’re doing with no-till, Murdock says it’s being able to increase soil organic matter. Over 20 years of Kentucky studies have shown organic matter doubled in the top 2 inches of no-tilled soils.

No-Till Works with Cold, Wet Soils

For 7 years, Ray Rauenhorst successfully no-tilled corn under less than ideal conditions in his Easton, Minn., operation. He’s careful to keep a detailed list of what works and what doesn’t each year — all the way from pre-planting through post-harvest.

When strip-tilling wet soils, Rauenhorst moves the row cleaners out 1½-2 inches to work in drier soil.


 

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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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