Articles by Laura Barrera

Know Your Soils, Improve Their Quality to Help Soybean Fertility

Corn is usually the main focus of a grower’s fertility program, but no-tillers should pay just as much attention to their soybeans by knowing their soil quality and understanding nutrient availability.
Do you really need to fertilize your no-till soybeans? Can’t you just let them scavenge for what’s left in the soil after corn?
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10 Practices for Cutting Tile Nitrate Loads

University of Illinois Extension shares 10 steps growers can take to help reduce nitrates in the plant root zone, reduce delivery of nitrate to the field’s edge, and remove nitrogen at the edge of the field or downstream.
University of Illinois Extension shares 10 steps growers can take to help reduce nitrates in the plant root zone, reduce delivery of nitrate to the field’s edge, and remove nitrogen at the edge of the field or downstream.
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How to Read a Soil Test Report

Ward Laboratories president Ray Ward offers a step-by-step explanation on interpreting soil test reports to aid no-till management decisions.
Most no-tillers understand the importance of soil testing, as they typically serve as the baseline for fertilizer and lime purchases and application.
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Twin Rows, Covers and Chicken Litter Complete an Evolving No-Till System

The Kutzes have continually tweaked their equipment and practices to achieve a level of production they didn’t think was possible.
About 10 years ago, Dennis and John Kutz needed to trade planters and decided it was time to try something new. So the Fort Atkinson, Wis., father-and-son operation purchased a 12-row Great Plains planter and gave 30-inch twin rows a try.
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Keys to Speeding Up Residue Decomposition

While residue decomposition is largely controlled by the environment and soil conditions, there are some things no-tillers can do to help speed breakdown along.
While residue decomposition is largely controlled by the environment and soil conditions, there are some things no-tillers can do to help speed breakdown along.
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