Residue Management

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“Highways” May Cure Compaction

Running equipment on the same path in no-till fields gives rootbeds space to develop and may even increase yields, researchers say.
Although researchers are not advocating paved lanes or painted lines down the middle of crop rows, some no-tillers are being encouraged to establish regular “tractor highways” in planting, spraying and harvesting.
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Bringing No-Till To The Palouse

From evaluating rotations and chemical options to designing the first successful no-till drill, Guy and Mort Swanson helped no-till take root in the Pacific Northwest.
Guy and Mort Swanson played key roles in developing no-till in a unique region that both desperately needed — and could easily live without — the practice.
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Strip-Tillers Narrowing Their Options

Growers using rows less than 30 inches are preserving residue and still getting the many strip-till benefits they’re accustomed to.
Whether it’s strip-tilling on 20- or 22-inch rows, a small, but dedicated number of strip-tillers are making narrow rows work for them.
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Where Ag Tires Fear To Tread

Corn genetics and changing farm practices are to blame for cornstalks destroying agricultural tires. But there are some solutions.
Sudden downtime is the enemy of any productive farmer, and the sources of trouble these days aren’t just mechanical in nature. No-tillers are fighting a pitched battle with cornstalks that are eroding or puncturing tires on their tractors, combines, sprayers and other equipment.
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