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With planting season not as far away as it might seem, editors at No-Till Farmer recently talked with Nebraska Extension ag engineer Paul Jasa about a range of topics related to no-tilling corn, soybeans and wheat.
Jasa continues the discussion he started in the March 2018 edition of No-Till Farmer on some of the important steps growers may want to consider in managing their no-till system — from designing a diverse no-till rotation, to choosing the right no-till corn hybrid to doing the little things right at harvest to manage residue ahead of planting.
When it comes to rotations, one of the keys is diversity, because it helps with pest management, disease management and developing a healthier soil that is more resilient. It’s like you or me if we go to the restaurant and they’ve got a buffet there, so you spend all your time at the salad bar. Do you spend it all at the steak and potatoes? No, we’re going to get a variety of food. Well our soil likes a variety of food as well. Just like you and I like to eat throughout the year, so does our soil.
When I’m thinking about rotations, either with my cash crop or my cover crop, I want to include a warm-season grass, a cool-season grass, a warm-season legume and a cool-season legume. For many corn-and-soybean producers, they…