Articles by John Dobberstein

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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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Putting the ‘Proof’ in No-Till

Missouri no-tiller Brian Martin is using a methodical, data-driven approach to building a no-till system that is both efficient and profitable.
FOR BRIAN MARTIN, it’s not hard to see that having a no-till system keeps soil in place on his farm’s sloping terrain. But Martin also has a thirst for looking beyond the anecdotes for data that spells out what practices benefit the bottom line.
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Do We Still Only Have 60 Harvests Left?

With the passing of National Ag Day last week, we celebrate what’s been done to improve the sustainability of farming operations, but look ahead to what we must do to preserve and protect food security for future generations.
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Digging Up Soil Health, Profitability with ‘Biotic’ Farming

Brendon Rockey turned to companion cropping, covers, compost applications and livestock to regenerate soils on his potato farm in a dry, arid environment.
For all intents and purposes, Brendon Rockey farms in a desert where native soils have almost zero organic matter and precipitation is infrequent. But as bleak as that may sound, Rockey’s farm is actually thriving and biologically active.
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