Articles Tagged with ''Dakota Lakes Research Farm''

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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

When Wet Or Dry, No-Till Rotations, Covers And Cattle Are The Answer

The Cowans adopted no-till because of drought, but found intense rotations and cover crops helped them deal with today’s excess moisture.
My father, Art, truly stumbled into no-till by pure happenstance. In the early 1980s he decided he needed to get away for a day or two so he took a drive to North Dakota.
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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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There’s More To Soil Fertility Than N, P And K

Mastering the A, B, Cs of soil fertility means managing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium first, then taking care of secondary nutrients and micronutrient levels, a soil-testing expert says.
When no-tillers get the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels in their fields at optimum levels to maximize yields, they need to focus on secondary and micronutrients, says Ray Ward, owner of Ward Laboratories Inc. in Kearney, Neb.
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A Well-Rounded Diet Of No-Till Topics

Record conference attendance for Des Moines producers great exchanges on high-powered issues like cover crops, fertility, equipment setups and soil biology
After days of cold weather engulfed the Corn Belt, Mother Nature relented and blessed the National No-Tillage Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, with warmer temperatures and great travel conditions.
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Diversify And Win With No-Till Wheat

Adding wheat to a corn-and-soybean rotation improves soil structure, spreads equipment use and protects income.
Rotation is good. The earth's rotation keeps our feet flat on the ground. Rotating tires ensures even wear. And rotating wheat with your no-till corn and soybeans can lead to good things, too
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Rotation Strategies Are Critical

Keeping your options open by rotating with three or four entirely different types of crops are paying dividends.
Limited rainfall and plenty of warm chinooks moving east off the nearby Rocky Mountain range in late winter create an environment in which properly managing moisture is essential for Alberta growers.
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Stacking The No-Till Rotation Deck

Rotating crops can benefit your operation, but going against instinct can pay off in a big way. How? Stack ’em.
Dwayne Beck is known for a lot of things, perhaps crop rotations most of all. This Pierre, S.D., no-tiller manages the Dakota Lakes Research Farm at Pierre, S.D., and dedicates a lot of his time to studying the improvement of no-till operations with the help of crop rotations.
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Rolling Cover Crops Gives Mixed Results

The idea has plenty of potential, but there are still some bugs to be worked out.
Will a cover crop residue roller – considered essential in South American no-till fields – add value in the northern Great Plains? Dr. Dwayne Beck is studying that question under environmental conditions that are the equivalent of being several hundred miles north of tropical Paraguay and Brazil.
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