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“Since soil fertility is a moving target, soil sample more often than every 3 years.” — Joe Nester, Nester Ag Crop Consultants, Bryan, Ohio
IT’S OFFICIAL. Many states grant pesticide recertification credits to farmers who attend National No-Tillage Conference sessions and sign the required logbooks.
Along with providing nutrients, Neal Kinsey says no-tillers must maintain ideal balances of air, water, organic and mineral soil components to support the soil microbial life. The soil fertility specialist with Kinsey Ag Services in Charleston, Mo., says calcium and magnesium are critical for soil life since they impact the amount of available air and water in the soil.
“No soil will perform without the proper amount of air and water,” he says. “Once nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur are in line, then calcium and magnesium optimize plant quality, yields and profits.”
National yield champ David Hula says the key to turning out profitable no-till corn yields is coming up with a good plan, following the plan and evaluating the success at the end of the year.
A long-time no-tiller from Charles City, Va., Hula holds the U.S. corn yield record…