Residue is both a friend and foe of no-tillers. Residue contains valuable nutrients that can lead to lower levels of applied fertilizer.
The life in the soil benefits from the residue you leave in the field. And that residue also acts as protection for soil during rainfall events.
On the flip side, it can interfere with the placement of seed in the soil and can be a hindrance to proper seed-to-soil contact. Getting that residue digested properly is beneficial to no-tillers.
Today, Doug Miller of Midwest Bio-Tech offers us a fascinating look at the science behind the soil biological activity necessary for residue breakdown. Listen in as this agronomist from Erie, Illinois, as he starts this No-Till Farmer podcast episode explaining the components of residue that no-tillers need to deal with.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)