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Getting Wheat Under Control

Every spring, No-Till Farmer editors answer a number of telephone calls from readers seeking ideas about how to get wheat stubble under control prior to no-tilling corn. That's why we were particularly interested in information received recently from Jim Martin, a weed scientist at the University of Kentucky.
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No-Till Is Heading West!

Growers in the Plains region are moving toward less tillage and new crops.
When it comes to finding ways to trim costs, Plains growers are trimming tillage, seeking alternative crops, finding new ways to expand corn and soybean acres farther west, extending rotations, eliminating fallow with annual cropping and giving new herbicides a try.
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Battling No-Till Soybean Diseases

These no-till researchers have the latest scoop on soybean nasties.
When it comes to any recent discovery about soybean diseases, chances are three researchers have found it. These top-notch no-till researchers have done extensive digging and testing on what no-tillers can do to protect their valuable no-till soybeans from the devastating effects of diseases.
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Check Out Burndown Choices

Types of weeds, size of weeds, tankmix partners, carriers and weather all need to be considered when deciding on the most effective burndowns for your no-till fields.
As you make burndown weed control decisions for 1999, make sure that you fully understand all of your herbicide options.
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Weed Control Gets Cheaper

In early September, Monsanto officials announced price reductions of $6 to $10 per gallon for Roundup herbicide products. At the same time, technology fee increases were announced for Roundup Ready soybeans.
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Holding On To Bt

If no-till corn growers don't take precautionary measures, European corn borer will likely strike back against BT corn.
The introduction of hybrids containing the Bt gene gave no-tillers a new management tool to reduce European corn borer losses, but how long this tool will remain effective is the responsibility of growers.
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No-Till Weed Shifts Alarming

Resistance is increasing as weeds adapt to different tillage practices, rotations and heribicides.
Doug Buhler is as concerned about weeds as any no-tiller. The weed specialist from Ames, Iowa, is apprehensive about the increased resistance to herbicides that weeds are showing in an ever-increasing frequency.
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