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No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators

[Podcast] Pushing Yields with Fertility and Drainage with Harold Reetz

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> "Influencers & Innovators" podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., Frank Lessiter talks with retired agronomy consultant Harold Reetz about his approach to fertilizer management, including the 4Rs — right source, right rate, right place and right time — as well as other practices that underscore success in a no-till system.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer "Influencers & Innovators" podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., Frank Lessiter talks with retired agronomy consultant Harold Reetz about his approach to fertilizer management, including the 4Rs — right source, right rate, right place and right time — as well as other practices that underscore success in a no-till system.
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[Podcast] Solving Farm Management Problems with Alternative Forages

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter, we’re joined by Brendon Blank, an independent certified forage specialist who works for Byron Seeds. Based in Ixonia, Wisconsin, Brendon helps farmers solve management problems by designing cropping systems that make better use of the land and human capital while focusing on diversity, enhancing animal health, and improving the soil.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter, we’re joined by Brendon Blank, an independent certified forage specialist who works for Byron Seeds. Based in Ixonia, Wisconsin, Brendon helps farmers solve management problems by designing cropping systems that make better use of the land and human capital while focusing on diversity, enhancing animal health, and improving the soil.
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Benchmark Study Highlight

Small Farms Make Big Impact

While average cropping acres for no-tillers is a useful benchmark to compare year to year, as usual, the “devil is in the detail” when it comes to truly understanding the typical no-till operation.
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No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators

[Podcast] Narrow-Row No-Till with Allen Berry

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> "Influencers & Innovators" podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., Frank Lessiter talks with Nauvoo, Illinois, no-tiller Allen Berry about the various configurations he’s tried, why he’s currently planting 20-inch non-GMO corn, his thoughts on whether or not no-tillers need coulters, and much more.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer "Influencers & Innovators" podcast, brought to you by Montag Mfg., Frank Lessiter talks with Nauvoo, Illinois, no-tiller Allen Berry about the various configurations he’s tried, why he’s currently planting 20-inch non-GMO corn, his thoughts on whether or not no-tillers need coulters, and much more.
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New Manure Handling Technology Turns ‘Liability’ Into a No-Till Asset

A new approach to manure management could help no-tillers ease application obstacles and reduce compaction and nutrient runoff.

Data show there is not a lot of crossover between the top milk-producing states in the U.S. (in dollars) and the top states for no-tilled acres — that’s because many dairy farmers have had long frustrations managing manure and no-tilling. 


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[Podcast] Kicking the Virtual Tires with Big Iron Auctions

For this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter, we’re checking in with co-founder and co-CEO of Big Iron Auctions, Mark Stock as he shares some industry trends and predictions. Join us to hear Mark’s thoughts on the importance of transparency and honesty in online auctions, what the recent high commodity prices and low interest rates mean for the industry as a whole and much more.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter, we’re checking in with co-founder and co-CEO of Big Iron Auctions, Mark Stock as he shares some industry trends and predictions. Join us to hear Mark’s thoughts on the importance of transparency and honesty in online auctions, what the recent high commodity prices and low interest rates mean for the industry as a whole and much more.
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Back to Basics with No-Till Planting

Do No-Tillers Need Coulters Anymore?

These row-unit stalwarts were once essential for no-tilling. But with today’s advances in planter technology, are they still necessary?
Hailed by many as one of the critical equipment developments that made no-till possible, the use of coulters on planters has declined in popularity a great deal in the past few decades. 
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