Articles by Laura Barrera

Cover Cropping 2,500 Acres

Tom Gasper of North Vernon, Ind., talks about the benefits his family's no-till operation is seeing from using cover crops on more than 2,000 acres, the species they’re using and why they decided to have their covers aerially seeded.
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Growers Face Lawsuit for Water Nitrate Pollution

After a 60-day notice of intent to sue, Des Moines Water Works voted unanimously to file a federal lawsuit against three counties in northwest Iowa for nitrate pollution. While enacting regulations may not solve the problem, I think it's a wake-up call for no-tillers to ensure they're doing everything in their power to limit nutrient runoff from their fields.
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Focus on Fertility to Grow Higher Yielding No-Till Soybeans

No-tillers looking to push their soybean crop will want to get accurate soil samples, adjust their pH and focus on meeting macro and micronutrient needs.
WITH CORN PRICES expected to be lower this season, no-tillers may find themselves planting more soybean acres and focusing on growing a better soybean crop. That includes paying more attention to the soybean’s fertility needs and ensuring it has the nutrients it requires.
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9 No-Till Planter Tips for Accurate, Consistent Seeding

Planter specialist Bill Lehmkuhl shares the key measurements and inspections no-tillers should perform on their no-till planters to ensure better seeding results and greater yields.

If Bill Lehmkuhl were buying a new planter today, he’d be really nervous.

“They all have issues when they come out of the factory,” he says. “Just because it’s brand-new doesn’t mean it’s ready to go to the field, unfortunately.”

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