Articles by John Dobberstein

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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Small Start, Big Success with No-Tilling

A minor victory in a small field grew to major success farmwide for Bob Kissel, as no-till practices have reduced erosion and improved soil tilth and nutrient cycling on his central Indiana operation.
Bob Kissel remembers the moment he decided to start no-tilling his crops: it was 30 years ago as he was custom harvesting a 20-acre field intensively farmed with soybeans and worked with plows every year.
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Long-Term No-Till, Soil Health Focus Boosts Yields

Mark Montel’s long-term commitment to no-tilling and soil tilth is rebuilding his shallow, rocky soils and blowing his corn and soybean yields well past county averages.
Although more than two decades of no-till practices have been good to Mark Montel, 8 years ago he describes hitting a wall as his regular soil tests showed he wasn’t building soil organic matter very quickly.
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