Articles by John Dobberstein

Demystifying Cover Crops Part 1

Lifting the Curtain on Cover Crop Seed

One in four growers cite problems with poor germination, contamination or other issues, mostly due to lax rules enforcement and supply-and-demand challenges seen in a young industry.
One in four growers cite problems with poor germination, contamination or other issues, mostly due to lax rules enforcement and supply-and-demand challenges seen in a young industry.
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It’s Not Just About Today

It would be easy to lower expectations when you’re only getting 12-14 inches of precipitation each year. But that’s not the case for Steve and Becky Camp, who converted to no-till and made big changes in their rotation to keep something growing on their land as much of the growing season as possible.
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Hybrid No-Till, Strip-Till System Tackles Tough Residue Challenges

Two decades of reduced tillage have helped the Rotenberger family improve soil health and address some daunting residue challenges posed by their cropping rotations.
Two decades of reduced tillage have helped the Rotenberger family improve soil health and address some daunting residue challenges posed by their cropping rotations.
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Timing, Placement and Soil Testing Key to Preventing Phosphorus Losses

Edge-of-field monitoring on 17 farms in Wisconsin and Minnesota highlights the need for no-tillers to apply ‘P’ under the soil surface and sample soils at varying depths.
Edge-of-field monitoring on 17 farms in Wisconsin and Minnesota highlights the need for no-tillers to apply ‘P’ under the soil surface and sample soils at varying depths.
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Excessive ‘N’ Application Burning the Carbon Pool

Soil microbes make quick work of soil nitrogen not taken up by plants, so it’s best for no-tillers to tailor applications to crops and not treat their soil profile as a bank, Richard Mulvaney says.
Soil microbes make quick work of soil nitrogen not taken up by plants, so it’s best for no-tillers to tailor applications to crops and not treat their soil profile as a bank, Richard Mulvaney says.
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