Water Management

No-Tilling, Diversification Leads to Better Crops on Erodible Soils

Brothers Nick and Mike Hunter blend no-till, terraces, buffers, ponds and pastures to protect their slopes and contours in south-central Iowa.
Faced with highly erodible soils on Iowa farmland with multiple contours and 3 to 9 degree slopes, brothers Nick and Mike Hunter made a necessary decision to switch to no-till early in their young farming careers.
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[Video] No-Till, Cover Crops, Buffer Zones Help Protect Chesapeake Watershed

Chip Bowling, Newburg, Md., is past-president of the Maryland Grain Producers Assn. He no-tills and uses cover crops and buffer zones on 1,600 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat to prevent soil erosion into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For more detailed information on Chip, please see "What I've Learned from No-Till Farming" article in the October 2017 issue of No-Till Farmer.
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