Cover Crops

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Cover Crop Termination Tradeoffs

A fall-planted cereal rye, wheat, or triticale cover crop can have both positive and negative impacts, for example by tying up nitrogen, reducing soil moisture prior to planting, increasing insect pressure, reducing weed pressure, reducing soil erosion and allelopathy. These tips from the University of Nebraska will share tradeoffs to help you better assess cover crop termination timing for your operation and risk level. 


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No-Till Highlights: Week of April 6, 2022

No-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's realm from the lofty digital realm. Here is our favorite content from the past week from across the web. “No-Till Farmer's Best of the Web" is brought to you by Mixmate by PRAXIDYN.
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Body of Knowledge: Digging Into Noteworthy No-Till Literature — Plowman's Folly

While conservation ag principles are very much in the news these days, a look back at the no-till literature from the past reminds us that these important concepts are not new.

Faulkner is the grandfather of the no-till movement, and he writes like it.
It’s hard not to imagine an elderly gentleman with suede patches on a tweed coat and a pipe as Faulkner discusses his observations of the forest, and how nature tends to fill in the gaps. 


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Corn Upside and Downside Price Scenarios

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has created uncertainty in global grain exports. This uncertainty has and likely will continue to result in short-term opportunity for US corn exports. This article conducts scenario analysis around US corn prices, examining plausible “what-if” events and predicting possible outcomes. Scenario analysis can provide a better understanding of upside opportunities as well as downside risks. A better understanding of the potential outcomes of these events can help in planning and managing should they occur.


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No-Till Highlights: Week of March 30, 2022

No-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's realm from the lofty digital realm. Here is our favorite content from the past week from across the web. “No-Till Farmer's Best of the Web" is brought to you by Mixmate by PRAXIDYN.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Transitioning a No-Till Legacy

Slashing fuel, doubling soil organic matter and retiring with pride were rewards for forging on in fringe no-till country.
I had hoped to raise 50 crops before I retired, but 48 is pretty darn close. 
The timing just seemed right at the end of 2021 to keep pushing for 50 crops on our Canton, Miss., farm. In 2019 we had reduced acres, letting all our rented ground go and just farming what we owned.
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No-Till Highlights: Week of March 23, 2022

No-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's realm from the lofty digital realm. Here is our favorite content from the past week from across the web. “No-Till Farmer's Best of the Web" is brought to you by Mixmate by PRAXIDYN.
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Frost Seed Legumes, Grasses to Fix Nitrogen, Improve Pastures

“Frost seeding” is the seeding of legumes and grasses on the soil when it is frozen during late winter and early spring. It's a simple, low-cost approach to improve pastures and to add red clover to overwintering grains. Establishing nitrogen-fixing legumes provides additional advantages when fertilizer prices are high as they allow nitrogen to be fixed from the atmosphere and can replace a portion of costly nitrogen fertilizer.


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