Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. Prior to joining No-Till Farmer, she served as an assistant editor for a greenhouse publication. Barrera holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Ball State University.

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8 Tips For Fine Tuning No-Till Planter Performance

No-till planter specialist Dave Dum shares how to properly adjust and maintain some of the key no-till planter parts that will help accomplish a better stand and lead to higher yields.
If seed isn't planted correctly, no-tillers can expect to lose yield before the crop even emerges from the ground. Achieving high-yielding crops begins with a planter that is properly equipped, maintained and adjusted for field conditions.
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Precision, Covers, Planter Tweaks Piece Together No-Till Success

Ohio no-tillers Steve and Doug Longfellow are saving inputs, improving soils and hiking yields on their heavy clay fields by building a complete no-till system.
After taking a gradual approach to adopting no-till on their Ohio farm 20 years ago, Steve Longfellow and his son, Doug, are finding success by adding more pieces to the puzzle.
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Gypsum Increases Yields, Reduces Fertilizer Use, Improves Soil Balance

A survey of hundreds of no-tillers reveals they saw $1.68 worth of benefits for every dollar spent on gypsum applications, with the payback being higher with long-term use.
More often than not, the benefits of gypsum applications exceed the application cost, and the amendment can serve as a tool to mitigate drainage issues and increase yields, says a recent survey involving hundreds of no-tillers.
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