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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[Podcast] Big Data — Discovering the Value of an Underutilized Asset

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Ohio State University ag engineer and precision specialist Scott Shearer discusses how big data trends will affect the future of agricultural production.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Ohio State University ag engineer and precision specialist Scott Shearer discusses how big data trends will affect the future of agricultural production.
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No-Tillers May Want to Re-Examine Soil Test ‘K’, Application Habits

Study finds little or no correlation between soil-test potassium levels and higher yields, with crop residue and deeper soil reserves providing more than enough of the nutrient.
No-Tillers looking for a way to cut fertility costs might want to review what they’re spending on potash (KCI) and other potassium (K) fertilizers, because in many soil types and situations there’s a good chance you’re wasting your money, says Saeed Khan.
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[Podcast] Digging Deeper into Cover Crop Benefits

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, author and University of Maryland researcher Ray Weil discusses his findings regarding the principles of soil productivity.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, author and University of Maryland researcher Ray Weil discusses his findings regarding the principles of soil productivity.
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[Podcast] History and Insights from No-Till Pioneer Bill Richards

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we sat down with Bill Richards, know as the “Grandfather of No-Till,” to discuss the storied history of no-till adoption and the major influencers who helped prove no-till as a viable, profitable farm practice.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we sat down with Bill Richards, know as the “Grandfather of No-Till,” to discuss the storied history of no-till adoption and the major influencers who helped prove no-till as a viable, profitable farm practice.
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Finding a Niche Leads to No-Till Success

With a soil armor of residue, better water infiltration and diverse crops, Alan Mindemann is making no-till work in the most challenging of conditions.
The weather can be very erratic for Alan Mindemann, but he finds a way to turn that variability into profitability.
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