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Tips For Top-Notch Variable-Rate Seeding

More corn growers are interested in using variable rate seeding (VRS) technology to optimize return on their annual seed investment. A recent survey showed that among Corn Belt farmers with over 1000 acres, more than one-third have VRS capability on their planters and 20% actually use this capability.
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Liquid Potassium May Be Way To Go

It has been a difficult fall for many no-till corn producers, as the harvest has been pushed later and later. And that has placed added pressure on fall and spring crop nutrition decisions.
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Light Shed On Management Of SCN

One of the best techniques a no-till farmer can use to manage soybean cyst nematode is to rotate resistant soybean varieties, according to the preliminary findings of a Midwest soybean cyst nematode project.
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Bayer's Votivo Biological Seed Treatment Coming

Bayer CropScience announced today that it will launch a revolutionary new biocontrol seed treatment in no-till corn, soybeans and cotton for the 2011 season. Select growers and seed companies will be able to test Votivo biological seed treatment on their farms in 2010 for a firsthand look at its unique protective properties, says product manager Paul Hewitt.
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Still Time To Make Fertilization Decisions

Farmers who cut back on high-cost fertilizer inputs in 2009, and then had record yields, are wondering how much fertilizer is actually needed. For 2010, let fall soil tests be your guide. Adequate levels of such nutrients as phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) can go a long way in boosting yield potential, especially if next season brings more "normal" weather conditions.
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Seeking Ways To Keep Carbon In Soil

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Farmers Facing Two Types Of Compaction

Many no-till corn and soybean growers are harvesting record crops. However, they may be facing compaction issues because of saturated soils at harvest. "Many farmers will be unable to get back in their fields after harvest," said Randall Reeder, an Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer. "Many fields have ruts and severe compaction issues."
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Long-Term No-Till Leads In Yield

A tillage study was established in 1981 at the University of Nebraska Rogers Memorial Farm, 10 miles east of Lincoln, to gain experience with various tillage systems. In 2009, the long-term no-till fields were the highest-yielding plots by far.
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