Water Management

No-Till Did Better With Floods

While crop losses were serious, no-till tended to hold valuable topsoil in place during the recent floods.
While no-tillers in many area of the country didn’t avoid having to deal with early summer flooded fields, the results generally weren’t as bad as for neighbors using more extensive tillage. Even with sizeable crop losses, soil losses weren’t as significant for no-tillers.
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Someday Soon, You’ll Be Able To “Drought Proof” Your No-Till Corn

New corn genetics aimed at overcoming drought concerns may prove extremely valuable to no-tillers already making efficient use of available moisture.
While no-tillers are already relying on crop residue to help make more efficient use of available water, the development of drought-tolerant corn will help stabilize yields when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver needed rains.
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Handle Ruts, Compaction Wisely After Summer, Fall Downpours

Even established no-till fields could be damaged by traffic following the heavy rains that suddenly hit much of the Midwest, but ruts must be dealt with.
In many areas in the middle of the country, the dry summer suddenly turned extremely wet with widespread flooding, and even no-till fields were saturated and vulnerable to runoff problems.
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Cold, Wet Soils Overcome By Far Northern No-Tiller

Joe Breker farms in the challenging climate of North Dakota, but he’s adapted his practices and equipment to succeed in long-term no-tilling.
Cold, wet soils challenge no-tillers everywhere, but they’re old hat for Joe Breker. He’s now in his 28th year of no-tilling in Havana, N.D., where the warmth doesn’t last long — it’s a 95-day maturity zone with just 2,200 to 2,300 growing degree days — and excess moisture is a problem year after year.
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What To Expect Weather-Wise In 2007

National No-Tillage Conference attendees learned that adequate soil moisture favors a good start for the 2007 cropping season.
Corn yield has been much more variable during the past 5 years than was the case in the previous 5 years. Even so, the corn yield has averaged above the long-term national trend line over the past 4 years.
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