Cover Crops

What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Mistakes Create Win-Wins for No-Tiller Eager to Learn

Mistakes have led to more than one production practice that has paid off on our farm. Replanting hailed out crops resulted in our current twin-row planting strategy and a load of fertilizer I couldn’t send back helped us achieve soybean crops capable of winning yield contests. In fact, in three out of the last five years I’ve had the highest yields for the local Pioneer yield contest and one of those years I won the territory. No-till wasn’t an accident, but some unintended lessons helped prove it was the right fit for our farm.
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[Video] No-Till, Cover Crops, Buffer Zones Help Protect Chesapeake Watershed

Chip Bowling, Newburg, Md., is past-president of the Maryland Grain Producers Assn. He no-tills and uses cover crops and buffer zones on 1,600 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat to prevent soil erosion into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For more detailed information on Chip, please see "What I've Learned from No-Till Farming" article in the October 2017 issue of No-Till Farmer.
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Crain's Chicago Business Names Dawn Equipment as 2017 Most Innovative Company in Chicagoland

Driving isn’t the only thing that’s going to be autonomous. Planting crops also will be done on autopilot, and a small family-owned company is leading the way. That’s why Dawn Equipment topped Crain’s latest list of the most innovative Chicago-area companies, based on an analysis of patents.
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Beefing Up a No-Till Drill

Michael Willis explains some of the improvements made to the family’s John Deere 1590 drill used for seeding cover crops and soybeans. The changes include adding Thompson closing wheels from Exapta Solutions, and narrower gauge wheels, Bonilla seed tabs and wider disc-opening blades from Needham Ag Technologies.
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