Residue Management

What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Willingness to Change Keeps No-Tillers in the Field

The Auer family keeps pushing their no-till legacy ahead with equipment adaptations and improved rotations to rejuvenate fields.
My family farms on what is known as the Comanche Flats just northwest of Billings, Mont. As the name implies, the terrain is relatively level — in fact, the plow horses my great grandfather used to work the land were likely grateful for — so erosion isn’t a major concern for us.
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No-Tilling Tobacco Saves the Soil, Preserves Yields

Conservation groups and the tobacco industry take no-till demos to Kentucky farms to showcase better profitability, erosion control.
The 2004 Tobacco Buyout changed the face of the leaf industry in the U.S. forever, drastically reducing the number of small farms with widely spread “quota” plantings and giving rise to several concentrated areas of significantly larger-scale tobacco fields.
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Strip-Till Conversion Mellows Tough U.K. Soils

Turning to a modified strip-till setup that includes cover crops, Alex Shutes is saving time and money and seeing improved soil conditions with little or no yield drag.
A few years ago as circumstances changed on his farm, Alex Shutes faced the task of raising several spring and winter crops in a tillage-intensive system as a one-man operation. It seemed like a daunting task.
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Beating Back Tough Corn Residues with No-Till Soil and Planter Setups

Seven farmers share successes using no-till, cover crops and simple planter accessories to ease planting soybeans into tough corn stalks.
The corn and soybean rotation has been a winner for many no-tillers in the Midwest and Northeast for years. While some still encounter frustrating planting conditions in heavy corn residue, many find that years of no-till management have led to systems that make planting soybeans into corn stalks effective and routine.
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Frank Comments

If Lawmakers Were to Say ‘Yes,’ Your History with No-Till, Cover Crops and Rotations Could Slice Insurance Costs by $4.50 Per Acre

Passage of a unique concept that got Congressional consideration during the writing of the 2018 Farm Bill could put more dollars in the pockets of no-tillers. It’s an idea that farmers who use no-till, cover crops and conservation-minded crop rotations to protect the soil should be rewarded with an equivalent of auto insurance’s “good driver discount” when it comes to paying crop insurance premiums.
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