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Think About Controlling Traffic

If next spring’s planting season turns wet, Randall Reeder says no-tillers who use controlled traffic may be ahead of their neighbors. The Ohio State University agricultural engineer says it might let you no-till quicker despite wet conditions that normally delay planting.
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Overcoming High Moisture Soil Concerns

These Iowa no-tillers are convinced that wet soil problems are mostly mechanical rather than agronomic concerns.
Eight years after jumping into no-till, Paul Reed and his three brothers had just about had it. “We almost quit no-tilling in 1990,” says Reed, explaining that as they expanded their no-till acreage, they also saw their planting window shrinking.
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Let No-Till Reduce Compaction

Rather than causing major compaction concerns, Lloyd Murdock credits long-term no-till with being able to solve many of your more troublesome soil worries. That’s what the University of Kentucky soil scientist learned from a recent 5-year study that looked at no-till and soil compaction as reported in a recent Soybean Digest article.
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Filling In The Cracks With No-Till Fertility

Paul Reed takes a look at soil test concerns, understanding the impact of magnesium on soil and hydraulic conductivity, compaction, nutrient management and no-till corn hybrid response to fertility.
Paul Reed, his three brothers and father have been no-tilling corn since 1982 and soybeans since 1989. They no-till throughout the western side of Iowa's Washington County.
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