Water Management

Finding Success with No-Tilled Sugarbeets

Cooler soils, moisture retention, better emergence and more sugar content and tonnage are just some of the reasons Greg Schlemmer is going all-in on no-tilling sugarbeets.
It’s not uncommon to see farmers in Montana disc rip, plow, roll, level and ridge their fields to raise sugarbeets — even ridging a second time if wind or storms either flatten or wash away the ridges.
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[Podcast] Controlling Water to Reduce Risk and Push No-Till Profits

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing, we're joined no-tiller Darren Grogan, who he shares how the family’s irrigation and drainage program helps them control their water supply. Darren will also discuss improvements his family made in precision technology that has improved nitrogen-use efficiency and increased yields.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing, we're joined no-tiller Darren Grogan, who he shares how the family’s irrigation and drainage program helps them control their water supply. Darren will also discuss improvements his family made in precision technology that has improved nitrogen-use efficiency and increased yields.
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No-Till Saves Moisture, Hikes Yields in Variable Soils

Eliminating tillage gave Jarrod and Terry Lawrence a shot at preserving precious moisture, adding corn to their rotation and boosting production on their highly variable Kansas soils.
On Paper, Jarrod Lawrence and his father Terry are supposed to see about 32 inches of precipitation per year, which should be adequate to raise profitable crops.
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Combatting Compaction with Cover Crops

A relentless 75-acre compaction problem gave Brownsburg, Ind., farmer Mike Starkey perspective on the sustainable, cost-effective advantages of a no-till, cover crop system.
During the summer of 2011, Brownsburg, Ind., corn, soybean and wheat no-tiller Mike Starkey agreed to host the John Deere Roll-Out new equipment event on his farm, leasing out a 75-acre corn plot at the entrance of his 2,600-acre operation.
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What I’ve Learned From No-Tilling: Patience and Like Minds Yield No-Till Success

From his first no-tilled acres to tweaking cover crops, working with a ‘No-Till Club’ helps Jim Riesberg forge ahead.
About 75% OF the acres around me still aren’t no-tilled. I can’t blame them. It wasn’t the easiest change to make, but it’s well worth it in my opinion.
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