Articles by John Dobberstein

Two Legends Who Gave No-Till A Lift

A savvy for problem solving helped two rural Kentucky farmers invent planter attachments and technologies that changed the game for no-tillers.
While many innovative farmers and manufacturers have played important roles in the growth of no-till, two men perhaps loom the largest — no-tiller Eugene Keeton and Howard Martin, the founder of Martin Industries.
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No-Till Grows Beyond The Borders

Controlled traffic, cover crops and continuous no-till are boosting yields and profitability in South America, Australia and elsewhere as worldwide no-till acres near 300 million.
To gauge the world’s supply of arable farming acres, an agricultural expert once compared Earth to the size of an apple, cut into 32 slices. The number of acres suitable for food production represents only one slice, and the apple’s skin represents the world’s supply of topsoil.
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Spelling Out Gypsum Benefits

Research on best practices continues, but ag experts say gypsum can be a versatile tool for improving difficult no-till soils.
Citing more than two decades of studies, researchers, agronomists and crop consultants said during a soil-improvement symposium that gypsum is helping no-tillers remediate imbalanced soils, improve water filtration and even step up plant fertility.
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No-Till Tools, Innovations On Display

The annual InfoExpo, held during the 2011 Ag Media Summit in New Orleans, yielded lots of news and developments about equipment, crop protection and precision-ag products.
Equipment manufractures and makers of crop-protection and fertilizer products shared their latest news with No-Till Farmer during the recent 2011 InfoExpo, held during the Ag Media Summit in New Orleans.
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Putting The Fertility Puzzle Together

Yearly soil and tissue tests, cover crops and timely fertilization to avoid ‘hidden hunger’ in plants can boost yields, says no-tiller and crop consultant Ed Winkle.
It’s not likely you’ll find Martinsville, Ohio, no-tiller Ed Winkle running on automatic. When harvest is over, the work is just beginning as he explores how to make the soils on his farm work better.
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Picking A Strategy For Unplanted Fields

Experts say cover crops are the best option for no-tillers to suppress weeds, and boost nutrient levels and soil microbial activity ahead of next year’s planting.
No-tillers face some important decisions this fall on what to do with fields that went unplanted because of spring storms that inundated the Midwest.
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