Water Management

No-Till Blamed For Home Flooding

The key is to properly manage no-till crop residue to avoid complaints from neighbors.
When the creek behind a number of homes located along a subdivision road in Springfield, Ohio, overran its banks earlier this summer, corn stalks clogged drainage tiles and culverts.
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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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