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Flipping the Pages: No-Till Has Come a Long Way

It wasn’t long ago that our soils were thought of by farmers as something to be dominated to conform to our demands, rather than being preserved and improved. But no-till practices have made it possible for farmers to be sustainable and profitable. A new book we’ve released celebrates this achievement.
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[Podcast] Realizing ROI and Identifying Pain Points of Precision Tools Part 1

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we share selected excerpts from our roundtable conversation from the 4th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, touching on defining precision objectives and early payback.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we share selected excerpts from our roundtable conversation from the 4th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, touching on defining precision objectives and early payback.
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‘Boutique’ Farm Yields Big-Time No-Till Savings and Success

97-year-old Melvin Steck has flirted with 300-bushel corn and hit 70-bushel soybeans with homemade equipment, common sense and a long-term commitment to no-till.
These days, Melvin Steck doesn’t go to many farm shows, field days or plot tours and isn’t the type to sell his program or philosophies to others. But this 97-year-old no-tiller will talk plenty about how the soil works.
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[Podcast] It’s All About Carbon: Building a Thriving Soil Biological Community

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we're discussing healthy soils and diverse organisms with Dennis Chessman, the team leader for the NRCS Soil Health Division in Lexington, Ky.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we're discussing healthy soils and diverse organisms with Dennis Chessman, the team leader for the NRCS Soil Health Division in Lexington, Ky.
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[Podcast] Nuts and Bolts of No-Till Crop Nutrition Part 2

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we continue our discussion with John Grove, director of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, shifting focus to nutrient management after crops have emerged.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we continue our discussion with John Grove, director of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, shifting focus to nutrient management after crops have emerged.
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Heeding Soil and Leaf Sap Tests Could Boost No-Till Soybean Yields

A comparison of No-Till Farmer survey results and soil test data from five states show a need for no-tillers to address micronutrient deficiencies to improve soybean production.
No-Tillers could be leaving as much as $24 per acre on the table by not addressing key soil nutrient deficiencies in soybeans, says an Illinois certified crop adviser.
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