Articles Tagged with ''mark parker''

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Unraveling The Mystery Of Cover-Crop Seed Quality

No-tillers must sort through the sales hype and learn more about their seed sources to find economical, effective species and varieties that will accomplish their cover-crop goals.
As more and more no-tillers embrace cover crops, the production of the seed itself has become a rapidly growing industry in which marketing can sometimes outpace performance.
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All Roads Lead Back To Soil Health

NRCS soil scientist Ray Archuleta believes promoting healthy no-till soils requires a lot more than just ceasing tillage operations. It means following the lead of nature.
For no-tillers aiming for sustainable and profitable crop production, optimizing soil health and function is the ultimate endgame, says Ray Archuleta.
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12-Inch-Row Corn Takes Another Step

Higher plant density in 12-inch rows may offer no-tillers an opportunity for more bushels and more profits.
Thirty-inch rows still dominate U.S. corn production, accounting for nearly 90% of total acres, according to USDA estimates. But an increasing number of early adopters are looking at narrower rows to get more seeds in the soil and broaden profit margins.
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Stabilizers Boosting No-Till Nutrient Efficiency

Faced with high potential for nutrient loss, no-tillers are turning to stabilizer products that keep N and P in the right place and form.
Faced with expensive fertilizer prices, fickle weather and the threat of activist regulators, no-tillers are using nitrogen stabilizers and other nutrient enhancements more than ever to avoid the losses between application and crop uptake.
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Encouraging Good Insects And Limiting The Bad Ones

No-till and biodiversity can preserve beneficial insect populations that naturally control crop pests, and possibly reduce insecticide usage, says a USDA expert.
The prevalent attitude that the only good bug is a dead bug is leading agriculture down a perilous road, says Jonathan Lundgren, an entomologist at the USDA-ARS laboratory in Brookings, S.D.
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Cover Crops Power No-Till Payoff

From conservation to higher yields to reduced fertilizer and herbicide use, cover crops brought an immediate payback for Jacob Farms.
Last summer, when high temperatures in south-central Kansas spiraled above 100 F for several weeks, the benefits of cover crops never seemed so real for no-tillers like Ryan Speer.
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Getting It Done With One-Pass Systems

While some sacrifices are required, more no-tillers are putting down fertilizer with the planter to reduce field passes, boost nutrient efficiency and improve soil health.
The push to increase productivity and yields in agriculture has convinced an increasing number of no-tillers to explore one-pass planting and fertilizing systems.
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No-Till, Litter Transforms Fields Punished By Plows

Economics pushed Jay Franklin to convert to no-till, but productivity is now the hallmark of Oklahoma’s oldest continuous no-till system.
Getting the soil back into shape wasn't the impetus for Jay Franklin’s no-till conversion more than 2 decades ago. As a young farmer facing tough times, he simply had his back against the wall.
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