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Diversified Crops and Grazing Cattle Provide No-Till Benefits

Northwest Kansas no-tiller says his soil building and nutrient cycling didn’t start until he added livestock to his diversified farming operation. He credits grazing and cover crops for erosion control and yield increases.
When Michael Thompson was 18 he envisioned himself joining his parents in their farming operation in northwestern Kansas and becoming a dedicated, 100% cash grain farmer. However, life and generations of conventional farming got in the way.
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Crop Protection Roundup

Tips for Keeping Corn Rootworms from Eating Your Yields

After a 12-year run of successful Western corn rootworm control, resistance to Herculex RW in Iowa spotlights the need for redoubling pest management tactics.
Corn rootworm management continues to become more complex, particularly in light of the announcement in late October, 2018, that the pest has shown resistance to the Herculex trait in northeastern Iowa.
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Crop Protection Roundup

Products to Fight Weeds, Insects and Diseases for the 2019 Growing Season

New chemistry, pre-mixes, formulations and biologicals populate 2019’s toolbox for combating weeds, insects and plant diseases on the leaf, in the soil and in the planter.
Crop protection companies have been busy gearing up for 2019 amid reports of continued incidents of weed resistance to both herbicides and insecticides.
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No-Tilling Tobacco Saves the Soil, Preserves Yields

Conservation groups and the tobacco industry take no-till demos to Kentucky farms to showcase better profitability, erosion control.
The 2004 Tobacco Buyout changed the face of the leaf industry in the U.S. forever, drastically reducing the number of small farms with widely spread “quota” plantings and giving rise to several concentrated areas of significantly larger-scale tobacco fields.
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No-Till Practices Fix Land, Labor and Profitability

Kansas grower Roger Black says quitting the plow for no-till improved his soils, allowed expansion with adding machinery and bolstered his custom enterprise income.
When Roger Black switched to no-tilling in south-central Kansas more than two decades ago, he was searching for ways to reduce erosion in his silty-loam bottomland fields, as well as reduce fuel and labor costs.
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Beating Back Tough Corn Residues with No-Till Soil and Planter Setups

Seven farmers share successes using no-till, cover crops and simple planter accessories to ease planting soybeans into tough corn stalks.
The corn and soybean rotation has been a winner for many no-tillers in the Midwest and Northeast for years. While some still encounter frustrating planting conditions in heavy corn residue, many find that years of no-till management have led to systems that make planting soybeans into corn stalks effective and routine.
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Spray Nozzle ‘Sweet Spots’ Help Reduce Drift Potential

Despite mounting drift-control concerns, sprayer nozzle designs and pressures should be maximized for efficient weed and insect control.
Given today’s wide variety of expensive crop protectants and their various label requirements — along with ever-changing, penalty-laden regulatory mandates aimed at controlling drift — it’s no wonder no-tillers and applicators search for that one nozzle that will do the best job on their sprayer.
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