Katie Pratt

Contributing Writer


Farmer Feature

Timely Moisture, Fertility Win Yield Contests for First Generation No-Tiller

Corn & wheat yield contest winner finds patience & power of observation put him in position to make smart management changes.
Western Kentucky no-tiller Tanner Stroup has a remarkable agriculture story that begins far from his Lewisport roots. While he grew up in Kentucky’s largest row crop region, his immediate family did not farm, and he had no direct connection to farming in the area.
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Use Cover Crops to Complement Herbicide Program & Combat Resistant Weeds

Studies show grass cover crops reduce weed biomass by 68%, with covers reducing 65% of winter annual weeds & 46% of summer annual weeds.
Herbicide resistance continues to be a growing concern among no-tillers. Not only are more weeds developing resistance, but some herbicide-resistant weeds, such as Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, are also very difficult to control if not caught early.
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No-Tillers Find Success with Diverse Crop Rotations

Efficiency and input reduction lead Brian and Jamie Johnson to continually try new ideas on their 1,700-acre operation that includes more than a half-dozen crops.

Brian and Jamie Johnson’s farm may look different than their neighbors, but they are OK with that. The Johnsons’ quest for efficiency and input reduction on their Frankfort, S.D., operation drives them to try new and different things.
“You cannot just sit and maintain and expect to last in this industry,” says Brian. “You must think outside the box and try something new every once in a while.”

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