Residue Management

New Hesston Swather Gets Twice as Much Done

Ethan Neises, who no-tills 2,600 acres of crops and hay with his father, Ron, near Belle Plaine, Kan., talks about their switch to a Hesston WR9760 swather with RazorBar technology and how it helped them double their alfalfa production per hour over the previous Hesston model with a sickle head.
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[Podcast] Why You Need Diversity in Your No-Till System

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., the director of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Dwayne Beck discusses the importance of diversity in a cropping system and the consequences a grower may face if his system isn’t diversified enough.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., the director of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Dwayne Beck discusses the importance of diversity in a cropping system and the consequences a grower may face if his system isn’t diversified enough.
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From the Desk of Laura Barrera

Keys to Speeding Up Residue Decomposition

While residue decomposition is largely controlled by the environment and soil conditions, there are some things no-tillers can do to help speed breakdown along.
While residue decomposition is largely controlled by the environment and soil conditions, there are some things no-tillers can do to help speed breakdown along.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Second Chance at No-Till Proves Successful

Dale Holland jumped back into no-till after his father, counted among the earliest no-till adopters, had to give up the practice due to weeds.
WE HAVE A lot of eyes watching us when we farm these days. While we used to be surrounded by fellow farmers, now we’re farming basically in the suburbs of Suffolk, Va.
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Shoot for Higher Organic Matter by Relying on Residue

While increasing organic matter is a multi-year process, no-tillers can boost it even faster by ensuring there’s enough plant material to replenish what’s already in the soil and adding more residue.
Despite making up only a small percentage of the soil — no more than 10%, according to the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension — organic matter plays a critical role in the soil’s health and the crops raised on it.
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