Articles by John Dobberstein

No-Till Innovators

Setting the Pace for Continued No-Till Growth

The 21st Class of No-Till Innovators is being honored for their efforts to promote the adoption of no-till and soil health principles.
Three individuals and one organization are being recognized as the 21st Class of No-Till Innovators for leading the adoption and advancement of no-till at the 25th annual National No-Tillage Conference.
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More Urgency Needed on Water Issues

With conservation milestones set for the Ogallala aquifer not even close to being reached, the federal government needs to readjust its priorities to preserve our country’s farming economies.
With conservation milestones set for the Ogallala aquifer not even close to being reached, the federal government needs to readjust its priorities to preserve our country’s farming economies.
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Switch to No-Till Saves Soil, Boosts Nutrient Efficiency

Ron Neises sees more even crop emergence and less time cleaning waterways after converting his south-central Kansas farm to no-till practices two decades ago.
While the weather in Kansas can be very fickle, Ron Neises has found switching to no-till practices 20 years ago has brought a calming influence, of sorts, to the 2,600 acres he farms in Belle Plaine, Kan.
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Leaving the Comfort Zone for a Greener No-Till Future

Allen Below’s 7,000-acre farm in southeastern Missouri is undergoing a rapid transformation with the help of no-till practices, aggressive cover crop adoption and elimination of tillage.
For the last few years, Allen Below has been working on a learning curve, but he’s moving toward a day where he’s reduced or eliminated irrigation, restored his farm’s soils and is enjoying a better balance sheet.
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Stretch Out Residuals to Control Waterhemp

Rotating modes of action and crops, seeding cover crops and narrower rows could help beat back this voracious weed.
One running joke Bill Johnson has been hearing is that waterhemp was really bad this year in the Eastern Corn Belt because it was jealous from all the attention being paid of late to its pigweed relative, Palmer amaranth.
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Step-by-Step Approach Yields Early Success with No-Till Transition

Bruce Nelson is seeing improved drainage, stable yields and more organic matter after parking his tillage equipment and focusing on soil health and structure.
For Bruce Nelson, transitioning his farm to no-till wasn’t just about making adjustments to equipment, inputs or herbicides. It required a change in mindset that clashed with what he learned from his father and what he saw at surrounding farms.
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