Water Management

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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Intercropping, Cover Crops Yield More Residue, Fewer Inputs & More Income

On the dry, wind-swept Colorado plains, more residue above and roots below are critical to John Heermann’s no-till system.

SOIL HEALTH DRIVES nearly every farm management decision I make these days. It’s why I use a stripper header, diversify my rotation, use cover crops and am ramping up intercropping. It even determines what gifts I send to my landlords on the holidays (books on soil health)


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[Podcast] The Impact of Water, Tillage and Cover Crops on Soil Health

For this <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Anthony Bly, Soils Field Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. In an interview with associate editor Sarah Hill, Anthony discusses the interconnected relationship between water and soil, how cover crops fit into profitable cropping systems, the importance of minimal soil disturbance and more.
For this No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Anthony Bly, Soils Field Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. In an interview with associate editor Sarah Hill, Anthony discusses the interconnected relationship between water and soil, how cover crops fit into profitable cropping systems, the importance of minimal soil disturbance and more.
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[Podcast] Digging Deeper into Cover Crop Benefits with Ray Weil

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, we’re sitting in on a presentation by Ray Weil, Soil Scientist at the University of Maryland to discuss his research. He explains how cover crops influence nutrient profiles, optimal planting dates for cover crops and how well different kinds of cover crops can penetrate dense, compacted soils.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, we’re sitting in on a presentation by Ray Weil, Soil Scientist at the University of Maryland to discuss his research. He explains how cover crops influence nutrient profiles, optimal planting dates for cover crops and how well different kinds of cover crops can penetrate dense, compacted soils.
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No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators

[Podcast] Agriculture as a Solution to Climate Change

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, Frank Lessiter talks with Betsy Bower, an agronomist for Ceres Solutions in Lafayette, Ind., about the task force and some of the hottest areas in no-till farming – from carbon sequestration to biologicals and more.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, Frank Lessiter talks with Betsy Bower, an agronomist for Ceres Solutions in Lafayette, Ind., about the task force and some of the hottest areas in no-till farming – from carbon sequestration to biologicals and more.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No-Till and Cover Crops Deliver More From Field and Pasture

Putting all moisture to use growing something beneficial helps push semi-arid dryland production to the next level.
Western South Dakota is dry. The last few years it’s been really, really dry. In the drought conditions we see all too often anymore, I’m very glad we no longer till the 750 acres we use to grow forage to help support our 600-head commercial cow/calf herd. 
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