Articles by Susan K. Davis

Take a Step-By-Step Approach When Converting To No-Till

Cereal rye, vertical tillage and a deliberate, field approach helped Ohio no-tillers Jim and Susie Braddock convert their 2,400-acre farm to no-till
Jim and Susie Braddock are enjoying the benefits of converting their farm to no-till. But the journey to get there wasn’t easy. The Braddocks have invested nearly 20 years converting 90% of their 2,400-acre farm in Fredericktown, Ohio, to no-till.
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Dare to Compare

This farmer matches his conversation system to varying soil types
Tim Manchester was nonchalantly looking over yield maps when the clusters of dots representing yields glowed as brightly as a K-Mart blue light special.
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Strip-Till Offers Consistency With Heavy Clay Soils

A need for better corn stands led these brothers to strip-till
Strip-tillage intrigued Todd and Greg Gustin of Washington Court House, Ohio. For several years, the brothers curiously watched their neighbor’s strip-till bar travel through the fields, the corn emerge quickly and the resulting higher yields.
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Strip-Till Right The First Time

But first learn what will work and won’t work under your farming conditions.
When it comes to strip-tilling effectively, Tony and Doug Anderson benefit from both farming and equipment dealer experience. Besides farming 2,500 acres, the brothers own Anderson Equipment, a shortline dealership selling planting and tillage equipment at Washington Court House, Ohio.
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No-Tilling Needs Attention To Details

Transition from conventional tillage puts young farmer on the path toward healthier, more rewarding soil.
PETE GOTTFRIED ROLLS his office chair over to the horizontal file. He instantly pulls out a snapshot of a field that resembles a parking lot. Heavy rains can cause the sticky, tight soils, high in magnesium, to crust and compact, explains the Nevada, Ohio, no-tiller.
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Seeing Is Believing With No-Till

When this Ohio farm family started no-tilling, its average corn and soybean yields doubled.
As a spirited young farmer, Von Mohler drove from Sidney, Ohio, to Hopkinsville, Ky., to see no-tiller Harry Young. He didn’t find Young, but did see impressive no-till fields.
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Strips Shine In Soggy Spring

Switching from ridges to strips paid big dividends for this Ohio no-tiller, especially in wet conditions.
Joe Garland examines the golden corn stalks that an earthworm has carefully dragged into its hole. The Ohio farmer finds earthworms are just one benefit of strip-tillage.
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Making No-Till Corn Work

Combining several strategies helps make no-till yield as well as conventional corn.
Jan Layman never expected to be a die-hard no-tiller. “I never thought I’d be preaching the evangelism of no-till. I enjoyed working the ground,” admits Layman of Kenton, Ohio.
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Cut Rates, Not Corners

With no-tilled soybeans, this grower is saving $8 to $10 per acre on herbicide investments.
Jim Patton bends down and scrutinizes the miniscule green leaves barely poking through the Mad River Valley soils on his West Liberty, Ohio, farm.
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