Articles by John Dobberstein

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Going to War for Water?

A new documentary about extreme drought, agriculture and the continuing water crisis in the western U.S. underscores why adoption of no-till, improved soil health, precision irrigation and other conservation tools is critically important.
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Passing No-Till Onto the Next Generation

While brain drain has been a problem in family farming for quite a while, there are still plenty of children who go to college and return home to participate in the family business. And in the coming years there will be one of the biggest transfers of farm ownership in history.
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Tips for Plant Diversity, Grazing Covers and ‘Resting’ Land for Soil Health

A panel of no-tillers answers tough questions about planting through thick residue, livestock selection, herbicide carryover and seeding covers into competitive perennials.
A panel of no-tillers answers tough questions about planting through thick residue, livestock selection, herbicide carryover and seeding covers into competitive perennials.
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No-Till and Cover Crops Fixing Soils, Protecting the Bay

Ronnie and Dwight Forrester are improving nutrient efficiency and soil health on their Virginia farm with variable-rate fertilizer applications and diverse cover-crop mixes.
Cover crops aren’t exactly a new thing at Holyoke Farms, but they’ve taken on a renewed importance for long-time no-tiller Ronnie Forrester and his son, Dwight.
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