What’s one major change you’re making in your no-till operation this year?

A: We’re looking to integrate more animal, plant and insect diversity into our operation to improve soil health. Plus we’re looking to get more covers interseeded rather than after harvest to lengthen the growing season and increase beneficial impacts. 

I want to bring more grazing livestock on crop acres and I’m looking at adding pollinator habitat strips in my cropped fields to increase our beneficial insects and keep pests in check without using insecticide. 

— Ben Dwire, Arco, Minn.

A: We’ll be planting earlier-season varieties of soybeans to be able to seed more acres of cover crop rye.

— Mark Kirkman, Vernon, Mich.

A: I have a goal to have all soil completely covered with residue and growing a cover year around. We’re trying some 60-inch row spacing and some earlier interseeding.

— Hal Truax, Pittsboro, Ind.

A: We’re stopping cover crops and switching to companion crops to cover our ground 100% of the year, with good establishment after corn or double crops. 

— Engasser Michel, France

A: I’m changing my sulfur application from a fall elemental sulfur with my phosphorus and potassium application to a spring ammonium sulfate application at 100 pounds per acre after planting corn but before emergence. We’ll also add about 20 units of N for the growing season. In the past, it didn’t seem the elemental sulfur was there for the early stages of corn growth. 

— Kevin Glanz, Manchester, Iowa

A: I plan to change my nitrogen program for corn. I used to put…

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