Articles by John Dobberstein


From Green to Brown: Tips for Getting Better Results Terminating Cover Crops

Spraying covers at the right time, with the right product is key to killing covers and improving nutrient release, residue breakdown.
While choosing the right cover crop, or mix of covers, for a farm can be a challenge, there’s also an art to terminating covers that don’t winterkill with the right products at the right time.
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Get the Sprayer Rolling for Better Kochia Control

For no-tillers, use of pre-emergent herbicides, proper tank mixes are crucial to keeping this summer annual weed from decimating cash crop yields.
With high genetic diversity as well as tolerance to heat, cold and saline soils, kochia is a weed that plagues a large area of the Great Plains and western Canada.
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Protecting Soils with No-Till in a Colder Northern Climate

Jerry Morical is showing no-till practices can work in a frigid region of the U.S. as he interseeds cover crops into corn and reaps the benefits of mellower soils.
For decades, Jerry Morical has made a living raising crops in the hilly, sandy loam soils near Garfield in western Minnesota. But his small farm also lies within a recreational haven, surrounded by the Chippewa River watershed and dozens of small lakes.
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Turning to Covers for Better Soils and Livestock Health

Craig Watson says he’s getting more forage production per year, better animal health, and improved soil tilth and health thanks to adding cover crops to a portion of his Texas ranch.
There was a time when simple things like seeding grasses and taking soil samples was a chore for Craig Watson. When he plowed one of his fields to plant a new variety of fescue, the soil clods were so massive and hard that seedbed preparation was difficult.
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