Articles by Martha Mintz

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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Listening To No-Tillers Makes For Better Equipment

Roy Applequist says Great Plains Mfg. has grown up with the no-till industry, adapting along the way to provide better tools for their no-till customer base.
No-till has played a big part in the growth of our company. We’ve been in the no-till business almost since it started, adapting and manufacturing for this growing and challenging segment.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Chasing Savings, Pushing Yields With No-Till and Strip-Till

Floyd Koerner Jr. and Floyd Koerner III make up a father-son team that excels at getting the most from every acre and input on their farm.
As a family LLC, there’s more than one decision maker on our farm. My dad, Floyd Jr., is the more progressive one. For my part, I like to see someone else try new things out first.
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Fertility An Investment, Not A Cost

Wisconsin no-tiller Bill Hurtgen is using tips gained at ‘night school’ to balance and build his soils and protect yields.
No-till fertility management and herbicide rotation have saved Downing, Wis., multi-tasker Bill Hurtgen time and money. All are nuggets the relatively new farmer picked up attending a night class at his local technical college.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

‘Crazy Jim’ Found His Way To No-Till

A pioneer with strip intercropping and double-cropping soybeans, Jim House is a champion of the financial and ecological benefits of no-till.
With only 300 acres to work with, I have to do everything possible to drive production and justify farming a relatively small piece of ground.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

One Size Doesn't Fit All Farms - Or Even One

Whether it's fertility, rotation, tilliage or inputs, each acre on Donn Branton's farm gets what is needed in any given year.
I'm trying to figure out the best practices to manage each of our acres in an economical way. I’m not just going to stick with one practice across the whole farm to say I’m doing it. It has to show returns.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No-Till Brings Challenges Surprises and New Options

Fewer field passes means this California no-tiller and dairyman can raise three forage crops per year.
I tried no-till because of the potential savings I saw, but it’s brought us so much more. Making the switch to no-till has allowed us to raise three high-quality forage crops per year on the 270 acres we intensively farm in the San Joaquin Valley.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No-Tilled To Save Time, But Quickly Saw Soil Benefits

Western North Dakota farmer integrates cattle, dryland corn and multiple cover-crop species to build a productive no-till system.
The main reason I went into no-till was — as it is for many other no-tillers — due to labor issues. My Dad had a heart attack in 2000 and wasn’t able to help as much anymore. I was just killing myself trying to keep up with farming and the cattle and everything else.
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