Seeding & Planting

Wider Is Better

With the shift from ultra-wide to ultra-narrow rows, this no-tiller says there may be some method to our forefather’s madness of wider rows.
If there's anything that Jim Leverich isn’t, it’s a follower.
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No-Till Wheat Is Working

One of the more fascinating ideas coming out of a recent University of Kentucky study is the impact that no-tilled wheat apparently has on future crop yields. In fact, Kentucky agronomist Lloyd Murdock has found corn and soybeans yield more where they follow no-tilled wheat.
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Double-Up With Intercropping

As the concepts behind conservation tillage becomes more complex, more no-tillers are looking to double their acreage and earning potential with intercropping.
A cropping system with the potential to increase farm income while hedging production risk is Modified Relay Intercropping (MRI). MRI is the planting of soybeans into standing wheat 20 to 30 days prior to wheat harvest. The goal of this planting date is to have a well established soybean plant 6 to 8 inches tall (V2-V4) at wheat harvest.
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No-Till Goes To Pot

As the debate heats up, Canadian growers discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of no-tilling hemp.
You can make rope out of it. Not to mention clothing. And diapers, cookies and lubricants. There's even talk of a new "super metal" that's stronger than titanium and lighter than aluminum. In fact, it seems there's not much you can't make out of it.
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Frank Comments

Use Seed Buying Patience

The type of seed genetics to plant next spring is on the mind of many no-tillers these days. With growing concerns about marketing genetically modified organism (GMO) seed, many people are getting frustrated.
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No-Till Forages Pay Off Big

Dollar-wise, these Tennessee dairymen say you’ll be ahead in the long run with no-till, especially where erosion is a major concern.
Last spring, David Richesin planted only 66 acres in corn, down from the 82 acres he planted in 1998.
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Research Journal

Conservation Tillage Enhances Irrigated Corn Yields And Profits
In a 17-year Nebraska study, researchers found that conservation tillage gave higher irrigated corn yields and profits than tilled plantings. The average yield increase was 4 bushels per acre, while the three conservation tillage treatments resulted in $8 to $16 per acre less tillage costs than the conventional disc tillage treatment. The conservation tillage treatments were ridge-till, rotary-till and slot-plant, while tilled treatments consisted of chisel, disc or lister operations for the furrow-irrigated continuous corn plantings.
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