Overcoming Residue Concerns With No-Till Corn

No-tillers aren’t the only ones using trial and error. Here’s what one crop consultant and innovator award winner did.
When it comes to terms used to describe no-till farmers, “trial and error” has got to be pretty darn near the top of the list. And as far as no-till crop consultants are concerned, it's no different.
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20 Inches Tops 30 Inches

This large-acreage Iowa farmer boosted yields by up to 10 percent in no-till corn and soybean production by moving to much narrower rows.
About three years ago, Exira, Iowa, farmer Tom Muhr was thinking of narrowing his rows down from 30 to 20 inches. He had thought long and hard about the decision, mulling over the concerns he had about the re-emerging practice's popularity.
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Meet Me In St. Louis!

It’s definitely the place to be in mid-January if you want to learn everything there is to know about no-till and find new ways to sharply trim your 1999 cropping costs.
When previous National No-Tillage Conference attendees sign up for next January's annual event before seeing the lineup of topics and speakers, you know you've got a winning program.
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Match No-Till Attachments To Your Field Conditions

Field conditions dictate proper use of no-till drill attachments, says Monsanto Conservation Tillage Specialist John Bradley. “The key is to be prepared when you no-till under different field conditions, different moisture conditions and different residue conditions,” says Bradley.
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Doing All The Little Things Just Right

Successful no-till on this Iowa farm is the result of a novel four-step management plan.
High corn and soybean yields don’t happen by chance on Condon and Mark Schnepel’s farm in Carson, Iowa. The brothers use a four-step process of planning, on-farm researching, implementing and reviewing to manage their 1,000-acre no-till operation.
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Excellent Stands, Easy Setup

United Farm Tools 5300 no-till drill lives up to its promises.
A John Deere Enthusiast, Allen Verell wasn’t sure what to expect from the United Farms Tools (UFT) 5300 no-till drill that he won use of for a year at the 1998 National No-Tillage Conference.
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Are Narrow Rows The Way To Go?

It’s no big mystery, maintains Purdue corn specialist Bob Nielsen. No-tillers can find the answer by assessing corn crop canopy development.
Yield responses from ultra-narrow-row corn are no great miracle, says Bob Nielsen. The Purdue researcher, who was already conducting narrow-row corn studies in the 1980s, says these responses are a simple matter of crop canopy management.
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Killing Compaction Critical

Compaction can be a real killer. That’s why John and Alan Merchant of Cass City, Mich., are extremely sensitive to this critical no-till concern. Heavy equipment puts a pounding on poorly drained clay soils north of Detroit.
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