Soil Health

Be Kind To No-Till’s Underground Allies

Researchers share tips on how to keep earthworms working for you.
An acre's worth of earthworms can equal the weight of more than 20 hired men. Earthworms are small but productive, eat for free and work all night long in your no-till fields.
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Is No-Tilled Ground Worth More?

With the introduction of our brand new No-Till Farmer Web site, we’re broadening the lines of communication with our readers. As a result, many no-till topics can now be discussed in-depth and online with other no-tillers around the country.
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No-Tillers Anonymous

From carbon emissions to earthworm excretions, no-tillers are sharing ideas to protect the environment and their bottom line.
In his former career as a lawyer, Doug Luebke was attending a Supreme Court hearing in Pierre, S.D., when he stumbled into a no-till club conference in the same hotel.
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Map Out Soil Fertility!

With a true-color aerial photograph, you can determine your soil’s fertility management areas.
When it comes to naming the ultimate goals of no-tillers, getting the soils back to the original state Mother Nature intended would be darn near the top of the list.
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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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