Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. Prior to joining No-Till Farmer, she served as an assistant editor for a greenhouse publication. Barrera holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Ball State University.


Nutrient Management

How Much Do Stratified Soils Cost in Dollars & Bushels?

In No-Till Legend Marion Calmer’s attempt to destratify his soils from decades of broadcasting fertilizer, he discovers the practice is costing him in yield and return on investment.
No-Till Legend Marion Calmer has a confession. He broke the No.1 rule of being a no-tiller and moldboard plowed part of a long-term no-till field.
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Proper Fertilizer Timing & Placement Optimizes Nutrient Needs

Deciding when & how to apply fertilizer depends on the nutrients, crops, equipment available & economic feasibility.
Many farmers are well-versed in the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: apply the right source at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place. Following this framework ensures crops use nutrients efficiently and effectively, helping no-tillers maximize their fertilizer budget.
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Placing Soil Stratification Under a Microscope

By collecting soil samples by the inch, veteran no-tiller Marion Calmer pinpointed why he was seeing nutrient deficiencies in his crops, despite soil tests indicating otherwise.
It was at the 2017 National No-Tillage Conference that Marion Calmer began to wonder if stratification was a problem on his no-till farm in Alpha, Ill.
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