Crop Protection

Stretch Your No-Tilling Window

Weather protected seed expands the no-till planting window, no-tillers believe, dropping labor needs by 30 percent when it comes to getting crops planted on time.
Would it make you nervous to no-till a field of corn in mid-March and then not see the plants pop out of the ground until sometime in May?
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Produce, Protect, Preserve, Profit!

Check the two dozen no-till lessons learned in southwest Ohio this year.
Wow, what a year! Who would have dreamed that our no-till planting window in southwestern Ohio would only run from March 28 to April 27. The few no-tillers who recognized early that the soil was ideal for no-tilling had an excellent crop. Many no-tillers who waited for the more traditional planting dates never got a crop in the ground.
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A No-Tilling Nightmare

If dandelions are causing major problems in any of your no-till fields, the best time to control them for the 2004 cropping season is unfortunately already past. That’s because recent research indicates the best time for you to try to control this little yellow weed in your no-tilled fields is in the fall.
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Survey Offers Insights Into Avoiding Spray Drift

The interaction of drift reduction agents, spray nozzles and pressure is critical to the coverage needed for weed control.
A survey of Illinois certified crop advisors — including custom applicators, growers and consultants — and related research reveal some dos and don’ts about managing spray drift.
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Field Scouting Declining, Consultants Wary Of Potential Problems

Some no-tillers are checking less often while relying on Roundup Ready and insect-resistant crops, but experts worry about the emergence of new problems.
Many no-tillers scout their fields less intensely than they did before Roundup Ready and insect resistant crops became popular. And although the decrease in scouting may vary from farm to farm, the consultants and growers contacted by No-Till Farmer caution that the trend could bring big problems.
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New Standards In Weed Control Possible For Little Extra Cost

Research shows inexpensive ammonium sulfate can boost herbicide performance to help control many difficult weeds.
For as little as 20 cents per acre, no-tillers can significantly increase the effectiveness of their post-emergent herbicide applications. The addition of inexpensive ammonium sulfate (AMS) to the tank mix can boost no-till weed control by as much as 41 percent in some cases, according to Bryan Young, a weed scientist at Southern Illinois University.
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Thoughts Sprout On Tap Roots For Breaking Up Compacted Soils

Start your own debate at www.no-tillfarmer.com
When compacted soils become a problem, as they can anywhere in the country, cover crops can be an effective solution, according to experienced no-till farmers. But you need to know which crop will work in your area to provide the kind of long tap roots needed. Visitors to Farmer’s Forum, the message board of No-Till Farmer, offered a number of possibilities recently. We share their ideas here, as well as thoughts about an assortment of other topics.
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Without Herbicides, No-Till Would Disappear

Yet the impact on food production would be so dramatic that America could not live without no-till.
While you're certainly not about to lose the use of herbicides, you need to fully understand that any ban on agricultural chemicals would bring an end to all the benefits you’re getting from no-tilling.
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