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Where Will We Steal More Acres For Corn?

Even if the current ethanol demand cools, growing export demand will fuel the move to more continuous corn acres.
While ethanol is the shining star behind expanding corn production, not everyone believes the long-range outlook is good for filling a huge amount of U.S. oil needs with crop-based energy. But if the ethanol demand cools off, increased export demand will certainly pick up the slack and solidify the demand for still more corn acres.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Rotations, Cover Crops Key To Improved Yields

Visits to leading no-tillers provided revelations and guidance that are still being put to use in long-term no-till fields that get better and better.
The first time i heard about no-tilling was at Kansas State University in 1973. We talked about studies being done in Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and other places where no-till first took hold. I came home from those discussions and thought about putting no-till to work on our farm, but we faced a tough challenge. Based on KSU’s no-till handbook, our clay soils (shallow topsoil, super-tight subsoil) are classified as “needing special management” for no-till.
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CSP Payments Reward No-Tillers For Their Practices

One farmer who collects maximum government payments says your current management practices could deliver thousands of dollars per year, but be ready to document your work.D
Jim Andrew believes that his long-term no-tilling on 1,275 acres of corn and soybeans near Jefferson, Iowa, qualifies him for at least $23,000 of his annual $45,000 annual Conservation Security Program Tier III payments under the 2002 farm bill.
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Use No-Till To Beat Government Crackdown On Dust Concerns

California officials are looking to no-tilling to maintain yields while eliminating huge amounts of dust that can hurt human health. Will you be ready if the government regulates dust from cropping practices?
Perhaps you haven’T thought about the amount of dust you generate in a given day. But lawmakers have, and that’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a hard look at the amount of dust generated on farms and how this dust affects both air quality and human health.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Teaching And Studying Bring New Insights Into The New-Till World

Finding how no-tilling and organic agricultural practices can benefit one another is just one area that deserves a closer look.
It's somewhat ironic that trying to farm right out of college during a period of bad flooding in northeastern Saskatchewan led me several years later to cropping systems research in a semi-arid area where I could really use some of that excess water! Along the way, I did graduate studies in forage genetics at the University of Guelph in Ontario and at the University of Minnesota.
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Research Offers No Surprises — No-Till Works For Soybeans

In many areas, no-tilling outperforms more intensive tillage for soybeans even before the savings in time, labor and fuel are considered.
Although more than 40 percent of soybean acreage in the United States is now no-tilled, debate still centers on whether no-tilling or conventional tillage produce the best soybean yields. Extensive data crunching is swaying the debate toward no-till.
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No-Till Corn Yields Win Out

Plot studies show that no-tilling more than holds its own against conventionally tilled fields.
An extensive historical analysis of no-till corn yields vs. the yields from conventionally tilled fields indicates that no-tilling holds its own and even out-performs conventional tillage methods in many areas of the country.
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