Articles by John Dobberstein

[Podcast] Digging Deeper into Cover Crop Benefits

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, author and University of Maryland researcher Ray Weil discusses his findings regarding the principles of soil productivity.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, author and University of Maryland researcher Ray Weil discusses his findings regarding the principles of soil productivity.
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[Podcast] History and Insights from No-Till Pioneer Bill Richards

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we sat down with Bill Richards, know as the “Grandfather of No-Till,” to discuss the storied history of no-till adoption and the major influencers who helped prove no-till as a viable, profitable farm practice.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we sat down with Bill Richards, know as the “Grandfather of No-Till,” to discuss the storied history of no-till adoption and the major influencers who helped prove no-till as a viable, profitable farm practice.
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Finding a Niche Leads to No-Till Success

With a soil armor of residue, better water infiltration and diverse crops, Alan Mindemann is making no-till work in the most challenging of conditions.
The weather can be very erratic for Alan Mindemann, but he finds a way to turn that variability into profitability.
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‘Soil Livestock’ Open the Tap to Increasing No-Till Production

Healthier microbial communities are key for no-tillers to utilize large pools of untapped nutrients underground and increase production without hiking input costs.
NUTRIENT-BASED yield theories have served agriculture for more than 150 years, but the problem, some soil scientists say, is those models were created without any concept of soil biology.
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[Podcast] Managing Annual Ryegrass In No-Till — It’s All About The Details

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we are joined by no-till consultant with Ag Conservation Solutions, Dan Towery, who discusses some of the benefits of annual ryegrass as a carbon provider and nitrogen scavenger in no-tilled soils, and the optimum seeding window for its use in the U.S.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we are joined by no-till consultant with Ag Conservation Solutions, Dan Towery, who discusses some of the benefits of annual ryegrass as a carbon provider and nitrogen scavenger in no-tilled soils, and the optimum seeding window for its use in the U.S.
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Is Glyphosate Harming Your No-Tilled Soils?

Researchers say the widely used herbicide is lingering longer than previously thought and could negatively impact soil and plant health.
Glyphosate and Roundup Ready crops have played a key role in the growth of agriculture and even helped boost adoption of no-till practices. Farmers don’t have to plow to kill weeds and can let the herbicide do the work.
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