John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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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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No-Tillers Fill Up On Knowledge At Record Event

More than 800 growers from the U.S., Canada and even Africa flocked to the 19th annual National No-Tillage Conference to find new ways of boosting productivity and profits.
No-tillers logged hundreds or even thousands of miles to network, learn and inquire as the 19th annual National No-Tillage Conference (NNTC) in Cincinnati went down as a record-setting event.
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Solving The Puzzle Of Planter Performance

No-tillers can boost yields and profits if they ‘marry’ the right attachments to their planters and avoid some common mistakes.
Kevin Kimberely has compelling numbers that show not only how far the science of efficient planting has come, but how quickly things can fall apart for no-tillers.
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New Options Built To Beat Pests

New seed treatments, herbicides lead the list of crop-protection products unveiled for 2011 to help no-tillers maximize yields, profits.
Crop-protection manufacturers have rolled out a bevy of new seed treatments, herbicides, in-plant traits and biocontrol agents for 2011 that will help no-tillers tackle problems with weeds, insects and diseases.
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