Water Management

What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Why It Pays To Boost Air And The Water-Holding Capacity In Your No-Tilled Soils

Fighting problems with surface soil compaction, this Ohio farmer was about to back away from no-tilling until he found a solution that has worked well for 15 years.
Just about every no-tiller I’ve ever met would agree that at some point you start to wonder if you were really smart to move away from the “safety” of conventional systems.
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Moisture Levels Tied To Tiles And Lime

Check out these No-Till Farmer message board opinions about the connection between water problems and calcium levels. More drainage tips and ideas are available at www.no-tillfarmer.com.
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What Can No-Tillers Do When Clouds Open Up More Than The Fields?

For starters, they turn to one another and the Farmers' Forum for thoughts on coping with the weather
Water, water everywhere. Or at least a lot of rain to hamper no-tillers across the country. A few of them brought their shared frustrations to Farmers’ Forum, the online bulletin board at www.no-tillfarmer.com, where they found both sympathy and answers. Alas, rain wasn’t the only thing running downhill. So was a planter — sideways — in Pennsylvania. But again, Farmers’ Forum visitors chipped in ideas to resolve the problem. Now we bring all of these ideas to you, just in case it should ever rain a little too much in your fields, too.
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Water Vapor Has Big Impact

Until recently, it was generally believed by scientists that seeds must come in direct contact with the soil in order to obtain needed amounts of water for effective germination. But a recent discovery by a Pacific Northwest Agricultural Research Service soil scientist indicates that’s not necessarily true.
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40 Fast Tips When No-Tilling In Drought Conditions

When it’s dry, take the advice of these four experienced National No-Tillage Conference
One of the most popular — and useful — sessions at the recent 11th annual National No-Tillage Conference was a 50-minute panel discussion where four no-tillers presented their 40 best tips on how to deal with drought conditions.
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Overcoming High Moisture Soil Concerns

These Iowa no-tillers are convinced that wet soil problems are mostly mechanical rather than agronomic concerns.
Eight years after jumping into no-till, Paul Reed and his three brothers had just about had it. “We almost quit no-tilling in 1990,” says Reed, explaining that as they expanded their no-till acreage, they also saw their planting window shrinking.
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Manage Your No-Till Stubble

Saskatchewan farmers recognize the value of leaving direct seeded crop stubble standing, since it traps more snow than cut or chopped stubble. It’s especially important in western Canada where as much as one-third of the annual precipitation can come from winter snows, says Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association agrologist Tim Nerbas.
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