Soil Health

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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Are Starters Really Helping Your No-Till

A simple question about using starter fertilizers set off a long string of postings recently on the No-Till Farmer Web site. No-tillers also were inquiring about problems with fertilizer pumps and one person wanted to find out if he should buy a weight transfer system. If you are looking for a place to share your thoughts, ideas or philosophies, please visit
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Should No-Tillers Plant Worms?

While it’s not yet recommended, a few no-tillers are making it work.
With all of the agronomic benefits that earthworms deliver, readers frequently ask the No-Till Farmer editors whether they should consider seeding fields with more earthworms, especially nightcrawlers.
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Let The “Living Soil” Boost Your No-Till Returns

Use the additional worms, nematodes, bacteria and other microorganisms found in no-tilled fields to expand your profits.
As a no-tiller, Ralph Alshouse recognizes the importance of nurturing the living organisms found in the soil to produce high-yielding crops. An intensive study of many of the soil conditions found in no-till has helped him fully understand what is occurring with the soils in his Corydon, Iowa, no-till corn and soybean operation.
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