Nutrient Management

Searching For No-Till’s Silver Bullet

Everyone is looking for that one key factor that will put no-till yields over the top.
Deep-banding fertilizer sounded like a great idea to Brad Mathson when he first heard about it. However, participating in a no-till club saved him from spending $30,000 to find out that it probably isn’t the best way to increase no-till yields in his operation.
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Secrets Spell Sorghum Success

This Kansas no-tiller credits early planting, timely rains and insect protection with earning last year’s national grain sorghum yield title.
What started out as an experiment with no-till grain sorghum has led Benedict, Kan., farmer Jerry Guenther to national prominence as one of the country’s top-yielding grain sorghum producers.
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No-Till Tips From Corn Champ

While Francis Childs certainly doesn’t no-till, the Manchester, Iowa, farmer uses a number of ideas some ideas that you could use in your own no-tilling operation. Using a mini moldboard plow that works the soil up to 14 inches deep yet still leaves up to 40 percent soil cover from his extremely heavy continuous corn plant residue, he harvested an amazing 442.1 bushels of corn per acre last fall. For the sixth straight year, he took top honors in the 2002 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest.
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Check New Ideas For Boosting No-Till Performance

These two attachments may help you boost emergence under tough no-till conditions.
If you’re looking for new ways to improve no-till seeding performance, check out the new Thompson closing wheel from Exapta Solutions. The company’s officials indicate this closing wheel offers superb furrow closing, ultra-low mud adhesion and unmatched durability when no-tilling.
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Jump Start Your No-Till Crops

As no-tillers plant earlier in colder soils, starter fertilizer can get your corn off to a quicker start.
As no-tillers strive for higher yields, they're no-tilling earlier every year - often in cold soils that leave seed more vulnerable to insects and diseases. In colder soils, there's also less microbial action to break down nutrients and get them into a plant-available form.
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Get Solid Answers About No-Till Soil Microbiology and Fertility Concerns

Two world-renown authorities will offer solid answers to many things happening in your no-till fields that you haven’t been able to explain, which are critical in managing the long-range productivity of your no-tilled soils.
By providing a much better understanding on why your no-till soils function like they do, just listening to Jill Clapperton and Dean Martens will make it worth your cost and time to attend the 11th annual National No-Tillage Conference being held Jan. 8 to 11, 2003, in Indianapolis, Ind.
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