Articles by John Dobberstein

Trust, But Verify

One of the hottest topics discussed at the No-Till Oklahoma Conference this week was cover crops, as growers look for ways to help fields survive scorching droughts and volatile weather that are seemingly becoming the norm here. 


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Be Prepared To Educate Agents, Adjusters On Cover Crop Practices

Recordkeeping and communication can help no-tillers follow the NRCS’ new cover-crop termination rules and keep their fields insured.

Cash crops seeded last fall and this spring will fall under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new cover-crop termination guidelines, devised last year by a task force of the Risk Management Agency (RMA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and several other ag stakeholders.


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Examine Application Methods To Get The Most From Fertilizer

No-tillers who utilize tissue sampling, band fertilizers, scout for nutrient deficiencies and know the limitations of their soil types can squeeze more bushels of corn from productive no-till soils.
While there are plenty of tools available today for no-tillers to grow high-yielding corn, failure to use all of them can cause corn yield to be left on the table.
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No-Till Could Ease Irrigation Woes

There have been many articles published about the dilemma facing growers in the Great Plains when it comes to irrigation. The challenge growers and decision makers face in preserving aquifers for agricultural use, without allowing them to be drained to unsustainable levels, is daunting. 


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