2013: Powering Up Your No-Till System

Jan. 9-12, Indianapolis • 1,222 attendees

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Ag Leader Technology | Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (AgroLiquid) | Agrotain International | Bayer Crop Science | Case IH | Cover Crop Solutions | Equipment Technologies (Apache) | Goodyear Farm Tires (Titan) | Needham Ag Technologies | SFP (Verdesian Life Sciences) | Syngenta | Thurston Mfg. (Blu-Jet)

“Earthworm populations can increase by as much as 100% when tillage is reduced...” — Odette Menard, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saint-Hycainthe, Quebec

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Better Water-Holding Capacity Another No-Till Benefit

The key to retaining moisture under no-till conditions depends on improving soil organic matter and leaving residue on the surface to reduce storm runoff, says Jerry Hatfield. The head of the National Soil Tilth Laboratory at Ames, Iowa, says saving moisture also reduces soil-water evaporation, decreases soil temperatures in the summer and allows soil biological activity to function more effectively.

To move from 200- to 300-bushel no-till corn yields, Hatfield says you will need to conserve 5 additional inches of water that need to be available to the crop. “You can’t just depend on rainfall, as 300-bushel corn doesn’t come free,” he says.

No-Till, Cover Crops Overcome Drought Concerns

About 90% of Ryan Speer’s acres in Sedwick, Kan., are seeded to cover crops or wheat during the winter, while cover crops or grain sorghum are seeded in the summer. Aerial photos show 100% cover in fields after harvest, which is his ultimate goal.

“If I can breakeven on the cost vs. the initial benefits of increased yields, reduced…

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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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