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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Big Roots from Ryegrass Build ‘Highways’ in the Soil

Ralph Upton Jr. shares how annual ryegrass busted the plow pan, boosted soil organic matter and improved corn yields above the county average.
WE’VE GOT TWO different soils on our farm in Springerton, Ill.: What we call hill ground, and then bottom ground. The hill ground has got plenty of problems, and the bottom ground — if you don’t have too many water problems — will do a real good job of growing crops.
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Cover Crop Benchmark Study

Cover Crops ‘Greening Up’ Growers’ Bottom Lines

No-Till Farmer’s first-ever Cover Crop Benchmark Study shows farmers are planting green, saving on fertilizer and pesticides and protecting soils
Results of the first annual Cover Crop Benchmark Study show a healthy level of enthusiasm and success among farmers with cover crops as they seek to protect their farms from erosion, reduce input costs and improve soil health on their operations.
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Walking the Walk with No-Till

California is the hub of some of the most strenuous environmental regulations in the nation, but when it comes to preserving groundwater resources the state hasn’t been very progressive historically. That appears to be changing for the better — read on to see why.
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Pivoting to Conservation Improves Future for Dairy in Vulnerable Watershed

Aaron and Todd Augustian are managing manure responsibly and embracing no-till and cover crops to reduce erosion, improve soils and safeguard the environment.
Aaron and Todd Augustian are managing manure responsibly and embracing no-till and cover crops to reduce erosion, improve soils and safeguard the environment.
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‘Split Decision’ Helping More No-Tillers Improve Their Nitrogen Efficiency

Growers and researchers say they’re seeing increased corn yields and more application flexibility with Y-drop systems with targeted placement.
With corn prices continuing on a stagnant path for the foreseeable future, many no-tillers are looking for ways to ratchet up efficiency with their inputs, including with nitrogen (N).
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