Articles by Laura Barrera

Alfalfa, Cereal Rye Bring Added Benefits to Long-Term No-Till

Milledgeville, Ill., no-tiller Norm Deets finds alfalfa helps speed up the transition to no-till and cover crops hold and build soil in areas prone to erosion.
Being the “scourge” of the neighborhood was one of the biggest challenges Norm Deets faced when he started no-tilling. But after 30 years of committing to the practice, he knows the benefits outweigh the nice look of perfectly tilled soils.
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How Strong are Your Soil Aggregates?

Low aggregate stability puts your crop at risk for oxygen deprivation under excessive moisture conditions. Jerry Hatfield shares how to check aggregate stability and protect your soils while the aggregates rebuild.
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Adapting to Mother Nature with No-Till, Populations and Fertility

There’s not much a no-tiller can do over late springs or a lack of rain, but with timely planting, precision technology and an effective fertility plan, Joe Zenz is helping his crop as best as he can.
For some farmers, no-till is all they know. That's the case for Joe Zenz, who took up the practice when he started farming 20 years ago. A neighbor of veteran no-tiller Maury McLean, Zenz joined an informal partnership with him and his son Paul in 1996, and learned how to no-till under McLean's guidance.
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