Soil Health

Cover Crops Make Long-Term No-Till Perform Even Better

Iowa no-tiller drills cereal rye as soon as possible after harvesting corn and soybeans for maximum growth and better soil structure
Long before cover crops became a hot topic among farmers, Wellman, Iowa, no-tiller Dennis Berger drilled cereal rye in the fall of 1978. Then in the spring of 1979, he used paraquat to kill the rye before no-tilling corn
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Get Your No-Till Soils To Feed Your Crops Nitrogen

University of Illinois fertility specialist Richard Mulvaney says the soil can be much more important to supplying nitrogen to no-tilled crops than fertilizer nitrogen
Feeding plants nitrogen fertilizer makes sense, Richard Mulvaney says. But fertilizer, like the food we eat, needs to be used in moderation. Too much is not good, the University of Illinois soil fertility specialist says.
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Avoid Tillage, Protect Soil Organic Matter

Soil is an important part of our lives because it supports our food production. One of the most important components of our soil is organic matter. Plants that we no-till grow provide this organic matter and the nutrients which regenerate the soil.
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Liquid Potassium May Be Way To Go

It has been a difficult fall for many no-till corn producers, as the harvest has been pushed later and later. And that has placed added pressure on fall and spring crop nutrition decisions.
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Seeking Ways To Keep Carbon In Soil

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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