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Corn Residue Breakdown as Affected by Tillage and N Application

There is a common belief among many farmers and agronomists that tillage can accelerate residue breakdown. Likewise, there is the belief that the application of nitrogen fertilizer on crop residue after harvest can speed up the process of residue breakdown. Neither assertion is true, say researchers at Iowa State University.
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Even In Tough Times, No-Tillers Still Spending to Protect Yields

The percentage of growers applying insecticides and fungicides in cash crops, and overall spending on these crop protection products, continues to increase.
Although environmental pressures and concerns over soil health have caused some no-tillers to re-examine their use of insecticides and fungicides, data from the 11th annual No-Till Farmer Operational Benchmark Study shows use of these products isn’t necessarily decreasing.
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Put Some ‘Mustard’ on Your Earthworm Sampling Methods

No-tillers trying to get a better handle on earthworm populations might try a method used in France to find more individual species. But the trusty spade is quicker and cheaper for most.
The undisputed indicator of healthy soil is the presence of earthworms in the soil profile. There are various methods of sampling or extraction to estimate the level of worm communities and analyze the different species present.
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