Articles by Laura Barrera

Making No-Till, Cover Crops a Success in Cool, Wet Climates

Through a series of experiments and trials, a Wisconsin agronomist is proving no-till and cover crops not only work, but offer proven benefits in northern climates.
Growing up in the Coon Creek Watershed of La Crosse County, Wis., where soil conservation originated, Jason Cavadini watched his family successfully adopt and commit to no-till on their farm for over 10 years.
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8th Annual Benchmark Study: No-Tillers Trim Fertilizer Costs

No-tillers intend to cut back even more on fertility this year by using less nitrogen for corn, but they plan an increase in fertilizer for soybeans.
When it comes to yearly farm expenses, fertilizer is always one of the big-ticket items — sometimes the largest. But after seeing a slight cutback on fertilizer expenses in 2014, No-Till Farmer readers stayed under their estimated budget of $80,235, spending an average of $75,555 for fertilizer per farm in 2015.
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8th Annual Benchmark Study: No-Till Soybeans Set Yield Record, Corn Remains Steady

The average no-till corn yield fell just 1 bushel shy of last year’s record, while no-till soybeans hit a new high with a 53-bushel average.
While weather conditions varied greatly across the nation last spring — with warm, dry planting weather in the Upper Midwest and cool, wet conditions that caused delays in the Eastern Corn Belt — no-tillers still saw one of their best years in terms of yield.
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