Articles by John Dobberstein

Tillage Radish Honored As Top No-Till Product Of 2012

From no-till attachments to spraying equipment to crop protection, no-tillers voted for the best-performing products, across 13 categories, for their farm operations.
A product that serves as a foundation for innovative no-tillers looking to reduce compaction and enhance soil tilth has taken the top prize as No-Till Product Of The Year for 2012.
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New Concepts For Deep-Furrow Drills May Boost Dryland Conservation

Research in the Pacific Northwest finds new packer wheels, coulters, spider wheels and wider row spacings could help wheat farmers embrace conservation tillage without sacrificing yields.
New technology and setups are emerging that could solve decades-old problems with deep-furrow drills and encourage more no-till on millions of dryland acres in the Pacific Northwest.
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No-Tillers Gain Flexibility With New Crop Protection Products

Manufacturers are rolling out new insecticides, herbicides and fungicides with improved formulas and tankmix compatibility to help no-tillers reduce trips across the field and boost yields.
Another wave of new crop-protection products is expected to hit the U.S. market in time for the 2013 growing season, as no-tillers and strip-tillers look for ways to fend off resistant weeds and yield-robbing diseases and insects.
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Saving Water, Boosting Yields With Subsurface Drip Irrigation

A perfect fit with non-disturbance no-till acres, SDI systems offer the potential of improved water- and fertilizer-use efficiency and higher yields
As drought conditions persist and water supplies are pressured, an increasing number of farmers, including no-tillers, are turning to subsurface drip-irrigation systems to maximize water use.
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A Trip To Indianapolis For The National No-Tillage Conference

You never know when ‘doing your job’ might affect someone deeply. But that’s what happened when former Purdue University ag economist and land owner Howard Doster opened the Jan. 9 edition of No-Till Farmer E-Tip and saw Kentucky no-tiller John Young and his son, Alexander, were going to speak during the first session at the 21st annual National No-Tillage Conference.
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New Soil Test May Help No-Tillers Pick Covers, Cut Fertilizer Costs

A 24-hour rapid test could help farmers unlock the secret to fertility potential in their soils and make more informed decisions about fertilizer applications.
A new method of soil testing that measures the drying and rehydration cycles in farm ground could help no-tillers use fertilizer more efficiently and even choose the best cover crops to seed ahead of the next crop.
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