Seeding & Planting

GMO European Concerns: It’s Not Just Their Problem

GMOs continue to be more than controversial in Europe. Here’s what you need to know if the worries spread across the pond.
Think back a few years to the first time you heard the words “mad cow disease” uttered by the media. What began as a strange phenomenon turned into a British disaster. We’re all familiar with the images of shaking cows, but should it concern us?
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Watch Shallow No-Tilling

While John Pickle admits that no-tilling corn shallow will get the plants out of the ground faster, he maintains there are several other considerations to worry about when deciding how deep to plant.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Direct Seeding Has Dramatically Reduced Dependence On Herbicides

Thanks to diversified crop rotations and improved management strategies, no-tilling is paying off for this eastern Oregon rancher and his two sons.
When we started no-tilling 25 years ago, we really weren’t trying to solve a soil erosion problem. We hadn’t thought it through that far and we just wanted to stay competitive by reducing costs. And it took several years and dramatic changes in our cropping systems before we started to see the real long-term benefits of no-till (which we call direct seeding).
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The Benefits Of No-Till Farming

The winning entry from a South Carolina high school senior in the Phoenix Rotary Equipment Ltd. conservation tillage essay contest explains how no-till has helped the family boost yields while reducing costs and protecting the soil.
Though only 17 years of age, I consider myself an experienced farmer. I have worked alongside my father on our family’s farm since I was a small child, learning the skills of agriculture and developing a desire to make farming my own life’s work. Living on a farm that has belonged to and supported our family for generations, I am acutely aware of how drastically farming techniques have changed over the years.
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Why Less Tillage Leads To More Treated Seed

Using a seed treatment fungicide can slice as much as 80 percent off the cost of using tillage to tackle root diseases.
In recent years, there has been a push to no-till soybeans earlier every year. Although no-tilling early can help maximize your yield potential, there is also a risk associated with planting into cooler, wetter soil, which is ideal for disease development. In fact, the shift toward earlier planting dates is one factor that has contributed to the increased need for preventative disease control.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Follow A No-Till Systems Approach To Big-Time Profits

When farmers switch to a no-till system, it often takes 5 years or more to see dramatic changes since the soil is recovering from decades of mismanagement.
A good no-tiller is apt to be a patient person. In Kansas, that virtue has been tested to the extreme as we work our way through one of the worst droughts of the past 75 years.
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