Articles by John Dobberstein

‘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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[Podcast] The Importance of Sulfur and Tips for Utilizing it for Your Crops

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we are joined by fertility expert Neal Kinsey, to discuss the need for sulfur and its significant role in plant protein, nodulation in legumes, seed and chlorophyll production, rooting ability and disease protection.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we are joined by fertility expert Neal Kinsey, to discuss the need for sulfur and its significant role in plant protein, nodulation in legumes, seed and chlorophyll production, rooting ability and disease protection.
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A Story Worth Telling

In case you missed it, yet another powerful testimonial to the benefits of no-till practices aired recently, this time on a major cable TV channel.
In case you missed it, yet another powerful testimonial to the benefits of no-till practices aired recently, this time on a major cable TV channel.
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Tips for Better Management of Cereal Rye in Corn, Soybeans

Termination timing, planting depth, seed-to-soil contact and armyworm control are important considerations in making rye the most useful tool for no-till systems.
Termination timing, planting depth, seed-to-soil contact and armyworm control are important considerations in making rye the most useful tool for no-till systems.
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