Residue Management

Undercutting: Kills Resistant Weeds Without Disturbing Soil Residue

If herbicide-only weed control plans are becoming less effective and more expensive, no-tillers may consider using this minimum tillage tool to keep challenging weeds in check.
When herbicides just won’t kill your weeds anymore — and the cost of multiple herbicide applications is no longer economical — what do you do?
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Turn Stubborn Piles of Residue Into Cash for No-Till Soils, Crops

Biological residue digesters on the market can help no-tillers saddled with not-so-perfect soil biology recycle their crop stover and stubble faster to improve nutrient management.
Highly functioning no-tilled soils should, in theory, efficiently break down crop residue into humus and soil organic matter so plants can take up nitrogen (N), potassium and phosphorus (P) left by the decayed material for the next crop.
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Same Old Conservation Ideas, Just New Words to Describe Them

While there’s increasing emphasis on “sustainable agriculture” and “soil health,” these four buzzwords tend to ruffle the feathers of veteran no-tillers and others like myself who have followed the no-till movement for nearly a half century. It’s because we recognize that earlier generations of no-tillers were the original true innovators behind these “not-so-new” concepts that go back to the 1960s.
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No-Tiller Launches Right Into Cover Crops, Planting Green

No-tilling for only a few years, Josh Payne is already reaping the benefits of diverse cover crops, improved soil tilth and reduced commercial inputs.
Josh Payne remembers the day he decided to switch from conventional tillage to no-tilling. The young farmer and his grandfather Charlie were in a shed one day in May 2013 on Charlie Payne’s farm near Concordia, Mo., working on machinery.
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Rethinking ‘Conventional’ Wisdom Leads to Revelations, 100% No-Till

Parking the plow helped John Macauley cut five passes across the field, save on fuel and labor and maintain yields as he builds a more sustainable operation.
Some farmers dive headlong into changing their tillage practices. John Macauley, who farms 1,200 acres with his father, Jim, in Groveland, N.Y., is proof that transitioning to no-till can be done in steps.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Cattle, Cover Crops, No-Till and Improved Soil Health Provide Returns

Fifth generation of Doans keeping North Dakota’s Black Leg Ranch abundant with diverse business plan of cattle, crops and agritourism.
Some of the soils I helped farm as a child in southwestern North Dakota are probably somewhere in South Dakota now. I grew up in the era of wheat and summer fallow. A lot of the ground around here is very sandy and marginal. Did it ever blow when we were tilling. I remember as a kid getting sent with a disc or a drag to try and make it stop blowing. It seemed so futile, and it was.
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