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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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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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$1.5 Million Fine For Plowing?

Results of A recent California judicial ruling indicate plowing and deep ripping of wetlands may be against the law. As many no-tillers have maintained for years, the cropping and environmental perils of plowing may finally be recognized when it comes to controlling erosion and protecting our land.
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