Articles by John Dobberstein

6 Planter Setups for Tough No-Till Conditions

Growers in central Pennsylvania share how they tweaked their planting units to optimize corn stands while still getting cover crops into their rotations.
Soil conditions in Pennsylvania can vary as much as the terrain, from sandy or clay loam to rocks and knobs of shale — presenting a potential nightmare for no-tillers trying to achieve consistent stands and protect yield potential.
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Cereal Rye, No-Till Practices Protect Soils, No-Tilled Cotton

Reduced soil disturbance and decades of rye has helped Jimmy and Spencer Smith keep their sandy soils in place, retain soil moisture and log the best-ever cotton crops.
Big thunderstorms and high winds whipping through western Oklahoma don’t make farming an easy task. One wrong turn with the weather, or a poor management decision, can make or break a crop and profitability.
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No-Tilling, Cereal Rye Handles Saturated Soils, Improves Stands

No-tilling and planting green into living covers is the right formula to help Frank Martin improve the tilth of his shallow, claypan soils and get better planting results.
Frank Martin likes to keep things simple. He uses older combines with no yield monitors and he isn’t into using a lot of precision mapping on his 800-acre farm.
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Census of Agriculture

No-Till, Cover Crop Acres Continue Upward Trend

Growers are moving away from intensive tillage in favor of no-till, min-till and cover crops, the Census of Ag Shows
While the growth of no-till remains fairly steady across the U.S., a substantial movement away from intensive tillage is occurring among farmers, according to data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture analyzed by No-Till Farmer.
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