Articles by Mark Parker

Making Twin-Row, No-Tilled Corn And Soybeans Pay Off

The quest for bigger yields and healthier plants led Ohio no-tiller David McNeilan to establish a twin-row system for corn and soybeans that takes advantage of higher populations and a quicker canopy.
Ohio no-tiller David McNeilan wanted to give his corn a little more room to breathe — and tap into more nutrients, moisture and sunlight. But he also wanted more plants per acre to chase higher yield goals.
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Less Tillage And Better Yields Shrink The Carbon Footprint

An analysis of South Dakota soils and farming practices shows that soils in crop-growing areas have been transformed from a carbon source to a carbon sink.
The carbon footprint of South Dakota corn growers is getting smaller thanks to better yields and increased adoption of conservation tillage, according to a South Dakota State University study.
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Cover Crop Enthusiasm Helps No-Tiller Get More With Less

Spurred on by a payoff in soil quality and reduced inputs, Missouri no-tiller Bruce Bartlett is overcoming cover-crop challenges to improve his no-till system.
Cover crops are driving the roots of Bruce Bartlett’s corn a little deeper into the southwest Missouri soil and delivering bonus fertility to boot.
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No-Till Peer Group Profits From Shared Experiences

The Palliser Agricultural Management Society gives Alberta farmers members-only access to expertise, support, marketing advantages and no-till insights as they strive to improve their farm operations.
Canadian no-tiller Brian Hildebrand refers to the group of farmers that he shares production and management information as “the experts in my back pocket.”
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25 Years Of Unlocking Secrets To No-Till Success

Since 1988, the Graves-Chapple Research Center has been helping no-tillers in northwestern Missouri fine-tune their corn-and soybean system management and farm their no-tilled acres more sustainably.
Finding answers for farmers is the mission of all university research farms, but the Graves-Chapple Research Center in northwest Missouri zeroes in on the questions from a solidly no-till perspective.
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Small Sprayers Showing More Utility Than Ever

Whether pulled by truck, tractor or ATV, small sprayers are carving out a valuable niche among no-tillers and strip-tillers for performing timely and sensitive fieldwork quickly and efficiently.
Huge self-propelled sprayers can cover lots of ground in a hurry, but many no-tillers are finding a useful and productive niche on their farms for smaller sprayers.
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