Nutrient Management

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Pivoting to Conservation Improves Future for Dairy in Vulnerable Watershed

Aaron and Todd Augustian are managing manure responsibly and embracing no-till and cover crops to reduce erosion, improve soils and safeguard the environment.
Aaron and Todd Augustian are managing manure responsibly and embracing no-till and cover crops to reduce erosion, improve soils and safeguard the environment.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: On-Farm Testing and Evaluation Lead to 100% No-Till Adoption

Crunching the numbers on no-till and other practices helps the Williams family dial in peak economic farm performance.
Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s no way to farm. Instead of blindly seeking the highest yields and following conventional management recommendations, my wife, Kelli, and I work to track, evaluate and problem solve on the farm we started together.
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Selecting the Right Nitrogen Source

Using nitrogen fertilizer can result in substantial economic return for farmers, but when nitrogen inputs exceed crop needs, excessive amounts of nitrate can enter either ground or surface water. Selecting the right nitrogen source can help growers produce crops in a more profitable and environmentally-friendly way, says the University of Minnesota.
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‘Split Decision’ Helping More No-Tillers Improve Their Nitrogen Efficiency

Growers and researchers say they’re seeing increased corn yields and more application flexibility with Y-drop systems with targeted placement.
With corn prices continuing on a stagnant path for the foreseeable future, many no-tillers are looking for ways to ratchet up efficiency with their inputs, including with nitrogen (N).
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Using Aerial Imaging for Smart Scouting and Field Management

For aerial imaging to be worthwhile it has to lead to changes in farm management that improve profits and efficiency, says AirScout co-founder Dan Sutton.
Earlier this year, Dan Sutton asked attendees at the National No-Tillage Conference for a show of hands to indicate how many farmers in the room had seen aerial imagery of their farms in the past 5 years. Almost all the hands in the room went up.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: A New Legacy of Improving Economy, Profitability and Best Practices

Trent Profit builds on years of conservation practices to take his family farm to the next level.
I WAS BORN into no-till and there’s a running joke I wouldn’t know how to drive a tractor straight if I had to thanks to the family’s quick adoption of guidance technology.
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