Seeding & Planting

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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Take Two Cuts In One Pass

This Washington producer added a second cutter for more effective management of small grains residue.
As Ron Kile began to study how no-till would fit into his farming operation, he had one lingering concern: residue management.
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Is Tillage OK Once Every 10 Years?

There are better ways than moldboard plowing to reduce potential phosphorus runoff in no-tilled fields, experts say.
Is there a benefit to moldboard plowing a no-till field once every 10 years? A recent article, “Changing Tillage, Changing Nutrient Management,” in the Spring 2008 issue of Plant Nutrition Today suggested that continuous no-till can lead to accumulation of phosphorus (P) at the soil surface, causing higher P concentrations in runoff.
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Corn Doesn't Like The Sight Of Weeds

Ontario researcher says that corn’s negative reaction to weeds may have more to do with “seeing” them than competition for nutrients, moisture and sunlight.
Weeds compete with crops for light, moisture and nutrients. That’s one of the theories that you will hear from any class in college or a university system, Clarence Swanton admits.
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