Seeding & Planting

New Crops, New Rotations For 1999

While looking for ways to earn better returns, three western farmers are making only minor changes in their cropping programs.
Farming in dryland areas, three Colorado and Washington no-tillers are looking for new crops to add to their rotations in order to increase yields and profits while making it easier to control weeds.
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Vision Goes A Long Way

More than 100 years ago, long before all the Y2K hype, talk of the millennium and the existence of no-till, Charles Down’s great grandfather bought a farm. He tilled the soil, used draft horses and walked every step of the 240 acres behind his plow. The farm prospered and was systematically inherited by the next generation.
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Wanted: New Direct Seeding Answers

One Illinois researcher says New Zealand’s cross-slot openers may be the answer many no-tillers are looking for.
The endless search for new ways to reduce costs while reducing soil erosion has kept Butch Fisher busy. This no-till farmer and district conservationist with the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District in Tuscola, Ill., has spent countless hours researching direct seeding.
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Double Your Acreage — Relay Intercrop!

This family says relay intercropping soybeans after wheat in the same field in the same year has boosted yield, income, family time and available acreage—while dropping chemical costs in their no-till operation.
Keith Thompson of Osage, Kan., was at his wits end. His family's no-till operation just wasn't up to par and he knew if something wasn’t done soon, something had to give.
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Sold On No-Tilling

Bill Mckibben believes in the many benefits of no-till. He's put on numerous meetings for interested farmers. He promotes it to clients - but he does so with a realistic picture of the no-till conversion. "Some universities promote no-till but forget about minimum tillage," he says. "We use it as a good transition from conventional tillage to no-till."
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New Rotations Are Needed

When you see the number of no-till acres growing significantly in areas outside the Corn Belt, one of the interesting things is the complexity of many rotations. No-tillers in other areas of the country are getting more crops into their rotations and are making them work.
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Harvesting Begins With No-Till Planting

This no-till veteran maintains today’s planting equipment may be costing you plenty of yield.
As a veteran no-tiller, Paul Schaffert has worked with no-till seeding equipment for more than 20 years. And he’s always advocated that harvest actually begins when you no-till your crops in the spring.
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