Nutrient Management

Nitrogen Management Made Simple — Sort Of

The options are many, and so are the potential problems, but nitrogen guidelines increase the odds of no-tilling success.
Nitrogen management is simple, says Bob Hoeft, a University of Illinois fertility specialist. “All you have to do is put it on at exactly the right rate, at exactly the right time and use exactly the right application technique for the material of choice.”
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New Phosphorus Fertilizer Treatment May Significantly Improve Yields

Field tests indicate that compound boosts crop development by preventing chemical fixation, allowing nutrient uptake. Product could hit full market in 2005.
Imgaine gaining 20 more bushels of corn per acre or similarly significant jumps in soybean, wheat and other crop yields. It could be possible next year just just by treating the phosphorus applied to your no-till fields with a new compound designed to improve uptake of the nutrient.
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Biogenetics: Worth The Money?

With all of the technologies available today, it’s often daunting to determine if it’s worth the extra cash. Here’s what you need to know to weigh the pros and cons.
Biogenetics. Six years ago many, farmers may have raised an eyebrow about the word and wondered what it meant. Today biogenetics are as much a mainstay as the combine. But has time proven that it's worth the money?
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No-Till’s Most Unforgivable Sins

There are a number of things you can do to increase yields and profits. Here’s what you should never, ever do.
Growers in all tillage disciplines have one common goal: yield. No matter whether you’re chisel- or moldboard plowing, strip-tilling, minimum-tilling or die-hard no-tilling, the more you grow, the more you make. Theoretically. But how do you make sure that you're reaching your crop's genetic potential? Since the days of Nostradamus, growers have been struggling with that question.
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Turn Up The Heat: Talk Machinery

Growers’ requests for recommendations on farm machinery open lid on opinions and loyalties.
The dead of winter is a good time to ponder, repair, modify or replace equipment that will be essential when spring arrives. So we’re offering a few thoughts on the subject from visitors to www.no-tillfarmer.com
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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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