Articles by John Dobberstein

Where Ag Tires Fear To Tread

Corn genetics and changing farm practices are to blame for cornstalks destroying agricultural tires. But there are some solutions.
Sudden downtime is the enemy of any productive farmer, and the sources of trouble these days aren’t just mechanical in nature. No-tillers are fighting a pitched battle with cornstalks that are eroding or puncturing tires on their tractors, combines, sprayers and other equipment.
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Fending Off Nematodes In No-Till Cornfields

Nematodes threaten the profitability of many growers’ corn, but Bayer CropScience agronomist Ray Knake shares tools and tips that can minimize the damage.
The microscopic, yield-robbing pests known as nematodes may be causing more damage to U.S. cornfields than experts previously thought.
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Conquering The Fertility Challenge

Crop scouting, onfarm research and GIS-based data analysis could help no-tillers meet world grain demand and increase their farm’s profitability, Harold Reetz says.
In the last last 40 years, growers have learned how to boost crop production while mining nutrients from the soil and reducing fertilizer application rates.
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No-Till’s Measuring Stick

Cover crops, stacked rotations and soil cover of 60% or more after seeding are among the pillars of quality, continuous no-till, Rolf Derpsch says.

No-till may be practiced on more agricultural acres in the U.S. than any other country in the world. But South American no-till consultant Rolf Derpsch believes growers here shouldn’t be satisfied.


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8 Ways To Make No-Till Wheat A Winner

Choosing the right varieties, herbicides and seeder are among the keys to successfully adding wheat to rotations, says Kentucky no-tiller John Young.
With grain still trading at very attractive prices, no-tillers may be able to increase their profits by adding wheat to their traditional corn-and-soybean rotation. This scenario is especially attractive in regions where soybeans can be double-cropped behind winter wheat.
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