Ron Mulford is constantly looking for ways to squeeze more profit out of an acre of ground. A switch to narrower-row crop production was the method he turned to in a push to increase no-till corn yields.
In the mid-1990s, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capturing sunlight and keeping living roots in the ground as long as possible is the goal of Beaver Dam, Ws., no-tiller Marty Weiss. The co-chair of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water talks about strip-cropping and interseeding cover crops at a field day in the summer of 2020.
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