Articles by Ron Perszewski

Australia Faces Herbicide Resistance, Issues Warning To U.S. No-Tillers

Post-emergents all but useless Down Under, and cases of glyphosate resistance are being monitored as Australian no-tillers are forced to protect the few herbicides that still control weeds.
No-tillers will lose one of their most precious resources — glyphosate herbicide — if they don’t take the threat of weed resistance seriously and act accordingly.
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Look South For Tips On Continuous No-Tilling

Almost all no-tillers in South America have given up tilling completely. They use cover crops while U.S. no-tillers revert to tillage as a problem-solver
Most U.S no-tillers miss out on the full benefits of no-tilling because they incorrectly believe they must occasionally till for a variety of reasons, says Rolph Derpsch, an internationally respected no-till researcher and advocate from Paraguay.
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Compaction Can Threaten Unsuspecting No-Tillers

Just because you’re no-tilling doesn’t mean a hardpan can’t undermine all your cropping efforts from the roots up.
No-tillers know the threat that compaction poses to their crops. And although no-tilling minimizes the risk of compaction, no-tillers might not understand how a hardpan might still sneak into their fields.
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Build Mounds Carefully To Make Strip-Tilling Succeed

Successful strip-tiller says mound height sheds excess moisture and provides a suitable seedbed for early planting.
“Mound height is the key to successful strip tilling, but I see a lot of people who don’t pay a lot of attention to the mound height,” says Jim Kinsella, who’s been making strip-till work for more than 20 years on his farm in Lexington, Ill.
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Some of Your Friends Live Underground

Earthworms can accomplish a lot in undisturbed fields, and no-tillers are in perfect position to capitalize, says this speaker at the 2006 National No-Tillage Conference.
Field scouting usually happens in broad daylight. But to scout for one indicator of the vitality of your no-till fields, it’s best to step out after dark, or dusk at earliest. Then look for earthworms.
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