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2011: No-Tilling Today For Better Tomorrow

Jan. 12-15, Cincinnati • 935 attendees

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

Co-sponsors, along with No-Till Farmer... Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (AgroLiquid) | Agrotain International | Bayer Crop Science | Case IH | Equipment Technologies (Apache) | Goodyear Farm Tires (Titan) | Great Plains Mfg. | Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission | SFP (Verdesian Life Sciences) | Syngenta | Thurston Mfg. (Blu-Jet) | Trimble Navigation


“If you can increase organic matter levels, you can reduce your nitrogen usage...” — Jim Hoorman, Ohio


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NEW IDEAS, NEW CONCEPTS. Natural Resources Conservation Services conservation agronomist Ray Archuleta stresses the importance of improving soil health in no-till rotations.

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No-Tillers Should Think of Themselves as Ecologists

Since you’re managing a complex ecosystem that includes millions of organisms both above and below ground, Ray Weil says no-tillers need to add “ecologist “to their farming title. The soil scientist at the University of Maryland extols the virtues of earthworms, which incorporate organic matter and burrows that improve soil drainage, aeration and filtration.

“When your neighbors have water standing on their fields, they blame compaction,” he says. “However, they probably don’t have earthworms either.”

Investing in Precision Pays Big-Time for No-Tillers

The benefit of investing in the latest fast-moving precision ag technologies is that these products offer no-tillers an economic edge where investment returns will continue for years, says Dietrich Kastens. The Herndon, Kan., no-tiller says no-till and precision ag technology follow similar adoption rates with the key questions being whether these investments will pay off and how fast the payback be.

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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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