Articles by Mark McNeely

Digging Deeper to Find Nitrogen-Rich Treasures

Soil samples are typically taken from 6-12 inches, but Ray Weil believes no-tillers must go much deeper to discover the true nature of nutrient availability.
MOST NO-TILLERS perform various types of soil sampling on prescribed schedules to gain insight into myriad soil health performance indicators, including nutrient and mineral content, as well as soil organic matter.
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[Podcast] Finding and Fixing Nutrient Imbalances in No-Tilled Crops

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing Company, we welcome Neal Kinsey, a fertility expert and agronomist from Charleston, Missouri who will examine the findings from seven soil samples in various geographic regions, soil types and crop rotations.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing Company, we welcome Neal Kinsey, a fertility expert and agronomist from Charleston, Missouri who will examine the findings from seven soil samples in various geographic regions, soil types and crop rotations.
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[Podcast] Soybean Health Tips: A 3-Part Series

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing Company, we feature three short podcasts originally developed by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. These presentations include, “Evaluating Early Season Plant Health,” “Fungicide Timing & Use in Production” and “Stinkbug Activities in Soybeans.”
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing Company, we feature three short podcasts originally developed by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. These presentations include, “Evaluating Early Season Plant Health,” “Fungicide Timing & Use in Production” and “Stinkbug Activities in Soybeans.”
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Traits of Profitable Farming

If you’re running a farm yourself or managing someone else’s operation, yes, you’re a farmer, but you’re also a businessperson. After all, whether it’s a smaller, family-owned venture or a larger, corporate enterprise, the end game is some form of profitability.
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Crop Protection 2018: Find Some Protection for Your Crops with These New Products

No-tillers have additional crop protection options when it comes to herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and seed treatments for 2018.
Although herbicide-resistant weeds, and the chemicals used to fight them, have been making national headlines recently, no-tillers must continue their quest to protect crops and yields by making well-informed choices about products to apply.
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No-Till, Cover Crops Improve Feed Quality, Limit Erosion and Build Soil Health

Reducing sediment and phosphorus runoff, improving soil health and reducing operational risk are goals for no-till dairy farmer Dan Brick.
Managing a dairy farm that traces its roots back 170 years isn’t out of the ordinary for Greenleaf, Wis., no-tiller Dan Brick. The fact that Brickstead Dairy is Wisconsin’s 2017 Leopold Conservation Award recipient, however, is a fairly recent development.
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No-Tilling, Diversification Leads to Better Crops on Erodible Soils

Brothers Nick and Mike Hunter blend no-till, terraces, buffers, ponds and pastures to protect their slopes and contours in south-central Iowa.
Faced with highly erodible soils on Iowa farmland with multiple contours and 3 to 9 degree slopes, brothers Nick and Mike Hunter made a necessary decision to switch to no-till early in their young farming careers.
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