Soil Health

Getting Out of the Rut with No-Tilling, Cover Crop Interseeding, Weed Suppression

Tom Cotter is boosting the value of his soils in the heart of the Corn Belt by putting the iron away and keeping his fields covered and active year round.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with farming, but that’s a major reason Tom Cotter did the opposite of that and turned to no-tilling and interseeding cover crops to rejuvenate his farm.
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Best Practices for Avoiding Compaction at Harvest

Ag engineer Paul Jasa shares some actionable information about avoiding compaction issues this fall during harvest to pave the way for planting next spring.
In some areas, fall rains have left the fields soft and ruts are being cut into the soil during harvest. These ruts leave the soil surface rough and have severe compaction below them.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Willingness to Change Keeps No-Tillers in the Field

The Auer family keeps pushing their no-till legacy ahead with equipment adaptations and improved rotations to rejuvenate fields.
My family farms on what is known as the Comanche Flats just northwest of Billings, Mont. As the name implies, the terrain is relatively level — in fact, the plow horses my great grandfather used to work the land were likely grateful for — so erosion isn’t a major concern for us.
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Why Roots — Not Iron — are Key to a More Prosperous No-Till Future

Nuffield scholar and Merlin, Ontario no-tiller Blake Vince discusses valuable lessons learned abroad and at home about putting healthy soils and water first.
We started no-tilling in 1983 and are still on that path today. For years, we’ve incorporated cover crops and now we’re using multi-species cover crops to protect the soil.
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No-Tilling Tobacco Saves the Soil, Preserves Yields

Conservation groups and the tobacco industry take no-till demos to Kentucky farms to showcase better profitability, erosion control.
The 2004 Tobacco Buyout changed the face of the leaf industry in the U.S. forever, drastically reducing the number of small farms with widely spread “quota” plantings and giving rise to several concentrated areas of significantly larger-scale tobacco fields.
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