John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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Helping Zambia Reach its ‘Huge’ Farming Potential

A longtime Australian no-tiller and former speaker at the National No-Tillage Confernce is playing a major role in an organization determined to help Africa adopt modern farming methods.

A longtime Australian no-tiller and former speaker at the National No-Tillage Confernce is playing a major role in an organization determined to help Africa adopt modern farming methods.


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Working Through Challenges with Cover Crops in Sticky Soils

Strip-tilled crops and cover crops are taking hold on Neil White’s Scotland farm, although wet weather, compaction and pest pressure still cause plenty of challenges.
2021 has seen me — after 5 years of direct drilling — drill malting spring barley into oats for the first time. I had a big volunteer oat crop due to cutting wet oats at harvest, which I left into winter. 
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How the Rhizophagy Cycle Could Boost No-Till Profits

Simply put, complex microbial processes in the soil do a more efficient, effective job providing nutrients to plants and can help no-tillers reduce inputs, says John Kempf.
Nitrogen management is one of the most important tasks no-tillers face each growing season, due to both the expense and the nutrient’s importance to plant growth. 


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5 No-Till Lessons with Chris Teachout

Utilizing on-farm research, the Shenandoah, Iowa, grower leaves no stone unturned in his quest to get beyond the basics and boost biomass production and soil health.
Since the 1980s, Chris Teachout and his family have been using conservation practices on their farm, and the operation has been no-tilled for the last two decades.
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