Articles by John Dobberstein

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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The Final Act: Closing The Seed Slot

Field variability, tougher trash and growers’ early-planting ambitions drive improvements to planter closing wheels used in no-till fields.
When planting is done and crops begin to emerge, no-tillers have a chance to evaluate how well their planter has performed — including whether the unit’s closing wheels are doing the job closing the seed slot.
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