Articles by Ron Perszewski

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Crop Practices Input Sought

No-tillers trying new crops or looking for better techniques seek advice from experienced growers who have faced similar challenges.
Whether it's managing residue or growing a cover crop ahead of alfalfa, details about what has worked on other farms offers a head start toward success. Growers asking for valuable input often find answers at Farmers’ Forum, the online bulletin board at www.no-tillfarmer.com. As always, we’ll share some of that information here.
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Survey Offers Insights Into Avoiding Spray Drift

The interaction of drift reduction agents, spray nozzles and pressure is critical to the coverage needed for weed control.
A survey of Illinois certified crop advisors — including custom applicators, growers and consultants — and related research reveal some dos and don’ts about managing spray drift.
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Field Scouting Declining, Consultants Wary Of Potential Problems

Some no-tillers are checking less often while relying on Roundup Ready and insect-resistant crops, but experts worry about the emergence of new problems.
Many no-tillers scout their fields less intensely than they did before Roundup Ready and insect resistant crops became popular. And although the decrease in scouting may vary from farm to farm, the consultants and growers contacted by No-Till Farmer caution that the trend could bring big problems.
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What Comes Next?

To recrop or not recrop? And if so, what should be planted? Those are the questions. Growers offer the answers.
Many no-tillers are thinking about short-season crops, forage and ground covers, and some of those growers turned to Farmer’s Forum, the online bulletin board at www.no-tillfarmer.com, for advice from folks with experience in similar situations. Here are highlights from their discussions.
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New Standards In Weed Control Possible For Little Extra Cost

Research shows inexpensive ammonium sulfate can boost herbicide performance to help control many difficult weeds.
For as little as 20 cents per acre, no-tillers can significantly increase the effectiveness of their post-emergent herbicide applications. The addition of inexpensive ammonium sulfate (AMS) to the tank mix can boost no-till weed control by as much as 41 percent in some cases, according to Bryan Young, a weed scientist at Southern Illinois University.
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What Can No-Tillers Do When Clouds Open Up More Than The Fields?

For starters, they turn to one another and the Farmers' Forum for thoughts on coping with the weather
Water, water everywhere. Or at least a lot of rain to hamper no-tillers across the country. A few of them brought their shared frustrations to Farmers’ Forum, the online bulletin board at www.no-tillfarmer.com, where they found both sympathy and answers. Alas, rain wasn’t the only thing running downhill. So was a planter — sideways — in Pennsylvania. But again, Farmers’ Forum visitors chipped in ideas to resolve the problem. Now we bring all of these ideas to you, just in case it should ever rain a little too much in your fields, too.
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Thoughts Sprout On Tap Roots For Breaking Up Compacted Soils

Start your own debate at www.no-tillfarmer.com
When compacted soils become a problem, as they can anywhere in the country, cover crops can be an effective solution, according to experienced no-till farmers. But you need to know which crop will work in your area to provide the kind of long tap roots needed. Visitors to Farmer’s Forum, the message board of No-Till Farmer, offered a number of possibilities recently. We share their ideas here, as well as thoughts about an assortment of other topics.
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