Water Management

Cereal Rye, No-Till Practices Protect Soils, No-Tilled Cotton

Reduced soil disturbance and decades of rye has helped Jimmy and Spencer Smith keep their sandy soils in place, retain soil moisture and log the best-ever cotton crops.
Big thunderstorms and high winds whipping through western Oklahoma don’t make farming an easy task. One wrong turn with the weather, or a poor management decision, can make or break a crop and profitability.
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No-Tilling, Cereal Rye Handles Saturated Soils, Improves Stands

No-tilling and planting green into living covers is the right formula to help Frank Martin improve the tilth of his shallow, claypan soils and get better planting results.
Frank Martin likes to keep things simple. He uses older combines with no yield monitors and he isn’t into using a lot of precision mapping on his 800-acre farm.
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Putting Quorum Sensing to Work in Your No-Tilled Soils

No-tillers must embrace diversity in plants and soil microbes to unlock the power of quorum sensing, improve ag production and deal with climate change, says Christine Jones.
If you've ever been to a meeting that requires a quorum — a minimum number of representatives attending in order to make a decision, you’re on the way to understanding “quorum sensing” as it relates to soil health.
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