Soil Health

Thank Goodness For Glomalin

If you've ever been to a no-till gathering or conference, such as the National No-Tillage Conference, you’ve heard testimonial after testimonial about the soil metamorphism that occurs when making the switch from conventionally-tilled ground to no-till. Farmers say it better holds moisture, and isn’t easily disturbed; something especially beneficial to farmers prone to drought or erosion.
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Incredible No-Till Time, Money Savers

This no-tiller’s incredibly efficient operation saves time, money, labor—and sparked the curiosity of President Clinton.
Finding time and money savers is always a top priority for no-tillers. It’s actually two of the reasons why most farmers switch to no-till in the first place. At least it was for Les Auer of Broadview, Mont.
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Researching Your Soil Needs

A few weeks ago, I spent several days in Denver, Colo., sharing ideas with agricultural leaders about the importance of agricultural research. This was at a meeting where attendees advised the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) on assessing soil resource research programs and planning future research needs.
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When No-Till Needs A Helping Hand

Varying soil types often calls for equipment modifications, sometimes major ones.
In a perfect world, every farm would have rich, fertile soil in which to plant a disease-free crop with their shiny new no-till planter to sell their product to a more-generous market.
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Back To The Basics

Technology certainly has its place, but it pays to first focus on Mother Nature.
Despite all the talk about the latest technologies that claim to boost yields for no-tillers, Ray Rawson of Farwell, Mich., says the key to healthier crop life and higher yield is often overlooked by overzealous farmers.
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Reap Bigger Soil Bonuses With No-Till

No-tilling over the long term in your operation will help you keep more soil in your fields and earn you much higher yields and net profits.
If you've only just begun to no-till, are discouraged by the results and are flirting with the idea of switching back to conventional tilling, you might want to consider a couple of factors before you make a rash decision.
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Cultivation Helps Cool-Climate No-Tillers

Cultivation and proper herbicide use helps boost yields for this Minnesota farmer.
With timely cultivation that incorporates the application of banded and encapsulated herbicides in cooler climates, some no-tillers can boost their bottom lines, says Faribault, Minn., no-tiller John Derham.
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