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20 Inches Tops 30 Inches

This large-acreage Iowa farmer boosted yields by up to 10 percent in no-till corn and soybean production by moving to much narrower rows.
About three years ago, Exira, Iowa, farmer Tom Muhr was thinking of narrowing his rows down from 30 to 20 inches. He had thought long and hard about the decision, mulling over the concerns he had about the re-emerging practice's popularity.
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Cultivation Helps Cool-Climate No-Tillers

Cultivation and proper herbicide use helps boost yields for this Minnesota farmer.
With timely cultivation that incorporates the application of banded and encapsulated herbicides in cooler climates, some no-tillers can boost their bottom lines, says Faribault, Minn., no-tiller John Derham.
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Match No-Till Attachments To Your Field Conditions

Field conditions dictate proper use of no-till drill attachments, says Monsanto Conservation Tillage Specialist John Bradley. “The key is to be prepared when you no-till under different field conditions, different moisture conditions and different residue conditions,” says Bradley.
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Get Set For High-Yielding No-Till Wheat

A Maryland researcher says seeding rates and early planting dates are the key to pushing no-till wheat yields well over the 100-bushel mark.
Ron Mulford is shooting for maximum economic yields with no-till wheat. He feels so strongly about his chances, the University of Maryland researcher at Quantico, Md., thinks he can surpass 111-bushel wheat.
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No-Till Weed Shifts Alarming

Resistance is increasing as weeds adapt to different tillage practices, rotations and herbicides.
Doug Buhler is as concerned about weeds as any no-tiller. The weed specialist from Ames, Iowa, is apprehensive about the increased resistance to herbicides that weeds are showing in an ever-increasing frequency.
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