Seeding & Planting

No-tiller Launches Right Into Cover Crops, Planting Green

No-tilling for only a few years, Josh Payne is already reaping the benefits of diverse cover crops, improved soil tilth and reduced commercial inputs.
Josh Payne remembers the day he decided to switch from conventional tillage to no-tilling. The young farmer and his grandfather Charlie were in a shed one day in May 2013 on Charlie Payne’s farm near Concordia, Mo., working on machinery.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Cover Crop Train Keeps Rolling On

Use hits all-time high at 83%, but more cereal rye seeded to trim costs.
No-Till Farmer readers appear firmly committed to using cover crops. The percentage of no-tillers using cover crops grew to 83% in 2017 — a 6-point jump over the prior year, an all-time high in the decade-old no-till benchmark study and the 6th consecutive year of growth.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

No-Tillers Walk a Fine Line on Earnings

Boosted by record corn yields, no-tillers eked out slightly better profits in 2017 despite higher expenditures for land rent, crop protection, equipment.
Being “better than average” on a consistent basis usually leads to success. In the 2017 world of farm economics, it took something extra special for no-tillers to finish in the black.
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[Webinar] Improving the Performance of No-Till Drills

This webinar, sponsored by Exapta Solutions, helps you look closely at your no-till drill setup to improve seed spacing and placement for better stands and yield potential. No-till consultant and Exapta founder Matt Hagny shared his proven techniques and top-notch tips to improve the poor seed placement common with no-till drills and help them perform more like no-till planters. [To view any of our webinar replays, you must be logged in with a free user account.]
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