Michaela Paukner

Michaela Paukner

Michaela Paukner is the associate editor of Strip-Till Farmer and Precision Farming Dealer. Her previous journalism experience includes working as a reporter for a legal magazine and as a producer for two Wisconsin TV news stations. She has also worked with clients across the globe as a freelance writer and marketing consultant, and as a brand manager for a Wisconsin-based boutique marketing agency. She's a graduate of UW-Green Bay.



Ideas Abound at 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

The 9th annual event highlighted new strategies to improve yields, manage nutrients, alleviate compaction and more.
From practical advice on alleviating compaction to conflicting views on soil health to a former NASA engineer’s new yield-boosting technology, the 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference sent attendees home with many new ideas to try on their operations — and a lot to talk about at the coffee shop.
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Who Had the Highest Yields in 2021 — No-Tillers or Strip-Tillers?

2022 Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study reveals average yields and most popular strip-building and nutrient management strategies used by North American strip-tillers.
Although the 2021 planting season started well, wet areas in the south, hail and frost in the Midwest, and high heat and drought in the west and Great Plains proved challenging for farmers last year.
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Auto-Steer, Field Mapping Most Popular Precision Technologies for No-Tillers

More than half of farmers who responded to the 14th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study plan to use auto-steer, field mapping and yield monitor data on their farms this year.
Use of precision agriculture technology continues to increase among no-till farmers, a demographic that experts say has a strong history as early adopters of farming technology
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Take a Systems Approach to No-Till Soil Health

North Carolina no-tiller Russell Hedrick uses methodical soil testing to improve soil health and reduce inputs.
Years of on-farm experimentation have paid off for Russell Hedrick, a first-generation farmer in Hickory, N.C. Thanks to his systematic soil testing and willingness to experiment, he saved himself more than $100,000 on inputs in 2021.
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Why No-Till Is the Future of Agriculture

Professor at Thai university makes the case for conservation agriculture as the solution to producing more food with less arable land.

While the situation of the world’s soils is dire, there is a solution to bring degraded agricultural land back from the brink: No-till and conservation agriculture. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries

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Health of the World Depends on Farmers’ Investment in Soil

Uruguayan no-tiller says no-till improves soil health to meet the challenge of growing more food with less land.

Uruguayan no-tiller Gabriel Carballal knows a crop’s success or failure starts with the soil. That’s why the award-winning no-till advocate and farmer believes no-till is the best farming method for the world. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.

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Feed Earthworms, Improve Yields By Chopping Residue

Veteran no-tiller Marion Calmer uses earthworms to manage residue in his Alpha, Ill., no-till system.
Marion Calmer sees residue as either an asset or a liability — depending on how you manage it.  Calmer, the longtime no-tiller and ag entrepreneur from Alpha, Ill., has been conducting on-farm research since 1985 when he first started no-tilling.
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3 Ways Cover Crops Improve Soil Health

From the depths of a soil pit, it’s clear how cover crops and no-tillage benefit overall soil health. Michael Patin, a district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Jamie Patton, senior outreach specialist of nutrient and pest management at the University of Wisconsin, share how cover crops can improve your soil health. 

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