Articles by Laura Barrera

Seed Firmer Reads Organic Matter While You Plant

Precision Planting’s SmartFirmer combines seed firming with a high-resolution sensor to create soil maps on the go and variable-rate populations and hybrids based on organic matter.
No Tillers know that the success of their season relies primarily on that moment when the seed meets the soil. A planting trip that results in a strong, even emergence across the field sets the stage for higher yields come harvest.
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9 Growers Spill Their Secrets for Planting into Cover Crops

From tall, living covers to a heavy surface residue, no-tillers share how they adjust their planters and spring programs to work with cover crops.
Crop prices may be down, but that isn’t stopping no-tillers from using cover crops. In fact, more no-tillers are seeding them than ever before — No-Till Farmer’s 2016 No-Till Operational Benchmark Study found a record 77% of survey respondents seeded covers last year (see page 42), making 2016 the fifth consecutive year where the number increased.
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9th Annual Benchmark Study

Small Grains Gain Ground

Corn remained the top crop grown by readers in 2016, but small grains started to pick up acreage, particularly in regions outside the Corn Belt.
No-tillers remained consistent in their crop acreage in 2016 as they did in 2015, with the amount of corn and soybeans slightly dipping as small grain acres increased.
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