Articles by John Dobberstein

Isn't Vertical Tillage Still Tillage?

For a variety of reasons, many passionate no-tillers share why they feel these tools don’t have a place on their undisturbed soils.
Many no-tillers contacted by Conservation Tillage Guide say they don’t believe vertical-tillage practices are — in most situations or all of them — necessary or beneficial.
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Climbing The Ladder To 300-Bushel No-Tilled Corn

Manure applications, in-furrow fertility treatments, ship-shape planters and 3 decades of 100% no-till are helping Pennsylvania no-tiller David Wolfskill reach record corn yields.
A few years ago while planting double-crop soybeans, David Wolfskill got out of his tractor, walked into one of his adjacent cornfields and noticed the ground was completely bare.
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Get More From Your Nitrogen With Late-Season Stalk Tests

Lessons learned from measuring nitrates as corn reaches physiological maturity can help no-tillers improve nitrogen management and the farm’s bottom line.
No-tillers wanting to get a better handle on how efficiently they’re using nitrogen on corn acres should consider late-season corn-stalk nitrate sampling programs, including one offered by the Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network.
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