Water Management

What I've Learned From No-Tilling: No-Till, Cover Crops and Wheat Pull Farm Out of a Yield Rut

Yields had stalled for Dick and Chris Nissen until no-till, tiling, cover crops and wheat helped them manage water issues and improve their soils.
Our farm hit a plateau in the 1990s. Yields were flat and we just weren’t making the gains we thought we should be. It’s not that we sought out no-till as the magic solution; we just knew we had to try something different, as conventional tillage wasn’t cutting it.
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No-Till Notes

Building a More Successful No-Till Rotation

The key is constructing a rotation that fully utilizes available moisture and produces enough residue for the whole no-till system to succeed, says No-Till Notes columnist Mark Watson.
The key is constructing a rotation that fully utilizes available moisture and produces enough residue for the whole no-till system to succeed, says No-Till Notes columnist Mark Watson.
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From the Desk of Laura Barrera

10 Practices for Cutting Tile Nitrate Loads

University of Illinois Extension shares 10 steps growers can take to help reduce nitrates in the plant root zone, reduce delivery of nitrate to the field’s edge, and remove nitrogen at the edge of the field or downstream.
University of Illinois Extension shares 10 steps growers can take to help reduce nitrates in the plant root zone, reduce delivery of nitrate to the field’s edge, and remove nitrogen at the edge of the field or downstream.
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Increased Nitrogen Rates May Lead to More Acid Soil Concerns

Experts explain how soil sampling by layers and effective liming can help no-tillers overcome the ‘additive’ effect on soil acidity.
Concerns among no-tillers about the impact of high nitrogen (N) rates on soil acidity appear to be on the increase. And it’s more of a problem with continuous no-till since some growers are spreading less lime due to increasing soil organic matter and decomposition.
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