Residue Management

Consider Economics, Soil Health When Mulling Corn Stover Harvest

Michigan project examines residue harvest in terms of impact on yield, storage characteristics, use as cattle feed or combining with cover crops.
In a recently concluded 3-year study at Michigan State University Extension, researchers weighed the functionality and marketability of harvesting corn stover in corn-on-corn and corn-on-soybeans rotations.
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From the Desk of John Dobberstein

The No-Till ‘Iceberg’ Effect

As the NRCS touts “No-Till November,” here’s a quick refresher about the value of leaving residue on the soil surface for its benefit to soil biology belowground.
As the NRCS touts “No-Till November,” here’s a quick refresher about the value of leaving residue on the soil surface for its benefit to soil biology belowground.
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ROUNDTABLE

What are you currently doing, or have you done, to help break down residue more effectively ahead of no-tilling spring crops?

“In 20-inch rows I added narrow-profile Yetter SharkTooth row cleaners this year and next year I plan to add Precision Planting’s CleanSweep technology to the row cleaners to adjust them on the go and not move as much soil and more of just the residue.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Mistakes Create Win-Wins for No-Tiller Eager to Learn

Mistakes have led to more than one production practice that has paid off on our farm. Replanting hailed out crops resulted in our current twin-row planting strategy and a load of fertilizer I couldn’t send back helped us achieve soybean crops capable of winning yield contests. In fact, in three out of the last five years I’ve had the highest yields for the local Pioneer yield contest and one of those years I won the territory. No-till wasn’t an accident, but some unintended lessons helped prove it was the right fit for our farm.
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