Articles by John Dobberstein

High-Tech Tools To Manage No-Till Residue From The Combine

New technologies are coming online to help no-tillers spread residue evenly across ever-growing header widths, and set the stage for successful no-till planting the following season.
Had someone told Kelly Kravig 20 years ago that 500-horsepower combines would be rumbling through fields at harvest, the Case IH combine marketing manager and western Kansas grain farmer would have been skeptical at the very least.
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South Dakota: One State, Two Trends

An NRCS survey finds no-till acreage increased in the state by 29% overall between 2004 and 2013, but decreased where crop rotations shifted from small grains to corn and soybean plantings.
Last year, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service conducted a county-level inventory of crop systems in South Dakota to capture a “snapshot in time” of the types of tillage systems being used.
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No-Till Movement In U.S. Continues To Grow

The most recent Census of Agriculture found no-tilled acres in the U.S. reached a new high of 96 million acres in 2012, but experts say obstacles remain to more consistent adoption of the practice.
Nearly 35% of cropland acres in the U.S. are no-tilled and more than 10 million acres of cover crops have been seeded across the country.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Reaching A Generation Without Tillage

While Iowa No-Tiller John Schnekloth Can Remember Wading Through Every Form of Tillage Over the Years, His 27-year-old Son, Hans, Struggles to Even Name Tillage Implements.
A common point of discussion in agriculture is how many generations removed most consumers are from the farm. In my household we’re starting to talk in terms of generations removed from tillage.
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Stepping Back From The Brink?

The crisis facing the Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains has hit the mainstream media. NBC News published a special report last weekend that may help the public gain a better understanding of the implications of the declining aquifer, which could lead to an agricultural and food-supply disaster.


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Farmer Unveils New Invention For The Seed Firmer Market

With an embedded stainless-steel fertilizer tube and replaceable wear plate, the Flo-Rite seed firmer promises better down pressure and less cost per row unit, says inventor Jeff Peter.
Debate has raged for many years about what seed firmer is the best product for improving no-till seed germination and stands. But a new product unveiled this spring may add new life to the debate.
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