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Continued Atrazine Usage Is Approved

In late October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a favorable re-registration for atrazine, which paves the way for its continued use by no-tillers. “This decision confirms what extensive scientific studies have shown — that atrazine meets the most stringent regulatory safety standards,’ says Mike Mack, president of Syngenta Crop Protection, an atrazine producer.
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No-Tillers Need To Tell The Biotech Story

If you want to cash in on the strong benefits of using biotech, you’ve got to be involved in selling the concept to consumers.
“There are no downsides to biotechnology,” maintains Jay Lehr. The only exception, says the senior scientist with Environmental Education Enterprises in Ostrander, Ohio, is the public’s lack of knowledge about this new phenomena.
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Variable Rate Technology Requires More Time To See The Payoff

No-tillers need to have patience with this technology as returns won’t come as fast as using global positioning system equipment to boost your yields.
While the idea of using global positioning satellite technology took off quickly because the financial returns were immediate, Matthew Sullivan says the returns from variable rate technology may not be as noticeable.
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Harrowing Experiences!

Here’s what the experts say about fluffing, turning, mixing, scratching, leveling, shattering, warming and aerating no-till residues.
Besides more effectively managing residue, aerators and rotary harrows are allowing some no-tillers to stretch the spring planting window to boost yields.
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Maximize Your No-Till Nitrogen

When it comes to harvesting more bushels of no-tilled corn from your nitrogen, the use of stabilizers are a good investment.
The potential for nitrogen loss in no-till presents you with both a problem and an opportunity, maintains Sam Ferguson, a customer agronomist with Dow AgroSciences in Omaha, Neb.
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Search Underground For Higher No-Till Profits

Managing what’s found below the ground is a key to boosting your above-ground profits.
To maximize above-ground profits, Ed Winkle maintains that no-tillers must be attuned to the basics of what’s happening under the ground. The certified crop adviser with HyMark Consulting in Blanchester, Ohio, says a proper balance of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon is critical to harvesting top no-till yields.
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