Seeding & Planting

No-Till Meets Demands Of Seed Production

This Kansas no-tiller maintains high-quality soybean and wheat seed in what would typically be considered a hostile environment.
Back in 1971, when Grant Corley welded brackets onto a 6-row, 30-inch Case planter to carry Allis Chalmers’ no-till coulters, he was a maverick. Today, he’s a no-till pioneer who is continuing to fine-tune a system that saves soil and inputs without sacrificing bushels.
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Twin-Row Corn Provides Boost

Modified John Deere planter allows no-tillers to plant rows 8 inches apart on 30-inch spacings.
Making the transition to no-till was a big step for Lapp Brothers Farms in making their soils more productive. But to get even more yield and tonnage out of corn silage meant taking a narrower view.
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Build Organic Matter With Diverse Cropping Rotations

Continuous no-till, along with winter wheat, field peas, proso millet and a CANULA cover crop, raised organic-matter levels and led to better water infiltration for this Nebraska no-tiller.
Randy Rink used to have the typical Midwestern crop operation. He rotated corn and soybeans. With this 2-year rotation, Rink would disc corn stalks once in the fall, and plant soybeans in the spring. The next year, he would no-till corn into soybean residue.
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More Moisture, More Cropping Acres In Drylands

No-till allowed Montana dryland producer Ben Minow to reduce overhead and increase cropping acres by eliminating summer fallow.
Many producers may ask how continuous cropping can work in a semi-arid environment. For southeastern Montana farmer and rancher Ben Minow, the question isn’t if producers can make it work, it’s how anyone could economically raise a crop any other way.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Preserving The Fertile Soils Of The Palouse

Going 100% no-till in 1997 has placed Read Smith in position to help lead the effort to protect the fragile farmland of eastern Washington.
We're no doubt biased, but my family and I think there are few more breathtaking views of production agriculture than seen from the highest point of our farm in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. In midsummer, flowing fields of crops — which may include wheat, canola, barley, sunflowers, mustard, alfalfa, peas and lentils — stretch across the hills to the horizon.
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Focus On The Details With High-Yielding No-Till Wheat

Improving stand uniformity, fertility levels and seed placement often require little expense but can bring increased no-till profits.
While corn and soybeans received the lion’s share of the press this year as prices moved sharply higher, wheat producers have also been enjoying healthy prices. It’s also spurring more interest in no-till winter wheat, which many soil experts say makes the ideal rotational crop with corn and soybeans.
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No-Till Did Better With Floods

While crop losses were serious, no-till tended to hold valuable topsoil in place during the recent floods.
While no-tillers in many area of the country didn’t avoid having to deal with early summer flooded fields, the results generally weren’t as bad as for neighbors using more extensive tillage. Even with sizeable crop losses, soil losses weren’t as significant for no-tillers.
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No-Till Corn Champ Offers His Tips For Success

Continually feeding the corn plant and micronutrients are among the things that work for Virginia no-tiller David Hula.
While it might seem hard to believe, the no-tiller who grew the highest yields in the nation last year calls corn just a rotational crop. That’s because David Hula has a thriving soybean and small grains seed production business.
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No-Till Notes

Making Early Summer Scouting Pay

If late planting leads to your no-till crops canopying 2 or 3 weeks later than normal, early weed control is critical.
Now's a great time to head out to your no-till fields and scout for weeds, insects and other pests. Many of you will be putting on your second pass of herbicides and/or applying a second pass where it turned out that the one-pass weed control system wasn’t adequate.
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