Sarah Hill is associate editor for the ag division, contributing primarily to Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Farmer, No-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. Hill has a farm background and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Ag Journalism and a minor in Animal Science. She has previously served as managing editor of DairyBusiness and is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and American Ag Editors’ Association.
More than 300 growers and industry professionals from across the globe gathered in Omaha, Neb., in early August for the 8th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference (NSTC). At the event, growers dove into topics related to strip-till management, soil health, cover crops and increasing profits from their operations.
Frost seeding — broadcasting cover crops in late winter — is not the typical method for seeding cover crops, but that should not scare growers away from the practice, according to Sjoerd Duiker, professor of soil management at Penn State University.
Two young growers from Minnesota — a state that has historically been challenging for cover crops. Two different types of planters and roller-crimpers. Two experiences that reinforced the growers’ beliefs in what covers can do for their operations.
More and more growers are seizing the numerous benefits that cover crops can provide. Growers are also finding additional ways to make cover crops put more money in their pockets. The results of the second annual Cover Crop Benchmark Study support both statements.
Your farm's integrated pest management program (IPM) might include a variety of pest control tactics. Cover crops can be a valuable addition to an IPM as a sustainable, long-term practice, according to Justin McMechan.
Herbicides alone aren’t going to be enough to control weeds in the long run, says Jon Spreng, a no-tiller and crop consultant from Perrysville, Ohio. The current herbicide choices available on the market may last 10-30 years, but unless new active ingredients come along, the fourth-generation grower says he believes that weed resistance will only get worse.
Tim Little of Faribault, Minn., has seen cover crops come full circle on his 300 acre operation. Growing up on a dairy outside Dundas, Minn., Little says his dad, Harold, was committed to using cover crops — they just weren’t called that in those days.
CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA IS notoriously dry. The region only receives 18 inches of rain, on average, per year, compared to the U.S. average of 38 inches. Farming in such dry conditions is a challenge, to say the least.
For more than a quarter of a century, the National No-Tillage Conference has been providing the practical tips and information you need to run a more successful no-till operation. In our 30th anniversary year, we’re ready to do it again as our event returns to beautiful downtown Louisville, Ky., at the legendary Galt House Hotel.
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