Articles by John Dobberstein

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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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Get Cotton Off on the Right Foot with No-Till

Growers in the Northern High Plains of Texas are turning to cotton plantings in hopes of reducing their watering needs and possibly extending the life of the Ogallala aquifer. There’s one tool that should be used on all these new acres that could make this endeavor more profitable.
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‘Getting Paid’ for Your No-Till Soil Health

Indigo Ag, Nori pushing programs to pay farmers for the carbon they sequester, as a switch to the open market looms.
While it may not be an immediate windfall, no-tillers who’ve been doing the right thing to protect and enrich their soils may finally have a chance to cash in on that beyond the money they’ve already saved in fuel, machinery and labor.
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Unlocking the Yield Potential of No-Tilled Corn

No-tiller Darren Grumbine has logged 300-bushel-per-acre corn by taking care of the soil and managing nutrients efficiently and responsibly.
Darren Grumbine is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to maximize yield production on his no-till operation, whether that means tweaking equipment or casting a critical on eye on long-held assumptions about nutrient and disease management.
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‘Getting Off the Treadmill’ for Better Soil Health

No-tilling, cover crops, biologicals and livestock grazing are pushing Luke Linnebringer’s central Missouri farm toward a more profitable future.
For some time, Luke Linnenbringer felt like he was on a treadmill trying to farm profitably in a conventional-tillage system with degraded soils and stagnant yields. In fact, he was ready to stop cropping nearly a decade ago.
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Recognizing Stalwarts in the No-Till, Soil Health Movement

The 24th class of No-Till Innovators have supported the adoption of cover crops, better nutrient management, improved soil health and timely, educational events and opportunities.
Three individuals and one organization are being recognized as the 24th class of No-Till Innovators for their commitment to the advancement of no-till farming systems in North America and worldwide.
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