Seeding & Planting

Mixed Results, Uncertain Recommendations

Do crop additives work? Soil scientists don’t have any clear-cut answers.
With increased plant growth and yield increases in field trials, crop additives may have caught your attention. But these fertilizer additives are far from receiving an across-the-board endorsement from university researchers.
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Justified Cultivation

Adapting tried-and-true no-till to include field cultivation ahead of planting soybeans helped Brent Arp’s earthworm populations rebound.
It's logical that no-till fields would have more earthworms because tillage isn’t breaking apart their homes. What’s illogical is how after 20 years of no-tillage, Brent Arp saw a sudden decline in earthworm populations.
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29 Solid Ideas For No-Tilling Success

Check out these valuable ideas from eight Washington and Idaho no-tillers to help you no-till better in the future.
Plenty of valuable ideas that you can use to make no-till even more profitable in your operation came out of presentations by eight veteran growers at last winter’s Northwest Direct Seed Intensive Cropping Conference in Pasco, Wash. These farmers rely on no-till to turn available moisture into higher, more profitable yields.
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With Right Tools, No-Tilling Tomatoes A Reality

A Pennsylvania no-tiller uses Buffalo rolling stalk chopper and a specially designed planter to transplant no-till tomatoes into a cover crop.
Some 15 years ago, no-tilling tomatoes wasn’t even thought to be possible. But no-tiller Steve Groff has found huge success transplanting tomatoes into a thick cover crop with the aid of a Buffalo rolling stalk chopper and no-till planter developed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI).
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Turn Up Heat On No-Till Corn With Fall Strip Tilling

No-Tillers are finding that mounding a strip of soil with or without deep placement of nutrients ahead of the planter can provide a warm, dry seedbed and help no-till corn get off to a faster start.
Cliff Roberts has been fall strip tilling for a dozen years. The Kentland, Ind., farmer is pretty blunt about why he likes to fall strip till for no-tilled corn grown on silt loam soils.
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Creating A New No-Till Management Style

As precision farming technology advances, no-tillers who fine tune their management style will keep the competitive edge.
Most people who meet Doug Har­ford are so im­pressed with his precision farming knowledge, they as­sume he holds a doctorate in agricultural engineering.
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