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British Farmer Switches to No-Till to Save Money on Rising Input Costs

A conservation agriculture program led to a 25% reduction in nitrogen applications and a 33% reduction in fuel and labor costs for farmer Paul Temple.

Faced with growing input costs and declining subsidies, British farmer Paul Temple switched to no-tillage to make his operation more profitable. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.

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Farmer's No-Till 'Garden of Eden' Thrives in Philippines

Using no-till and no commercial fertilizers, the American expat and his family grow dozens of crops on the more than 30-acre farm.

John Phillips, formerly of Bloomsburg, Penn., lives on a more than 30-acre farm in Batangas, Philippines, with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. They grow dozens of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and flowers using no-till and natural farming methods. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.

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Autonomous Tractor Yes, Chisel Plow No.

On the opening day of our National No-Tillage Conference in January, John Deere introduced its first-ever autonomous tractor in Las Vegas to considerable fanfare. While the advanced driverless tractor is no doubt an engineering marvel, the package deal that requires the purchase of decades-old chisel plow technology is not so innovative.
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Starter Fertilizer is Essential in Residue-Heavy Fields

When fertilizer is used as a starter, the data shows that it is largely not effective in terms of yield or economical response; however, if the fertilizer is added to a soil that tests low for soil test P (less than the critical value), a response to that fertilizer is expected, says the University of Nebraska.
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North Carolina Shares in No-Till History, Too

Kentucky isn’t the only state to mark a no-till first. North Carolina claims one of its own farmers also put their no-till crop in during 1962.

The no-till history research this year -- celebrating 60 years of the commercial practice -- turned up several new discoveries. Last fall, we came across what some believe to be the first no-till planter. We were aware of the unit, but its name had escaped us in other coverage, a reference was found on an industry message board that led to a No-Till Farmer report on the McCormick Till Planter.

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Chinese No-Till Research Team Studies No-Till, Develops Equipment Prototypes

The Conservation Tillage Research Team has been studying no-till and other conservation tillage methods on China's lands for decades. The team's work has led to the publication of more than 200 papers and development of more than 30 equipment prototypes. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.

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