Articles by Susan K. Davis

Seed Coatings Win With Relay Intercropping

By no-tilling earlier with coated seed, you’ll gain more growing season and extra yield.
In the Northern Corn Belt, no-tilling doublecrop soybeans can be as risky as betting on $5 corn. Mark Meyer of Jenera, Ohio, makes the practice profitable by using polymer coated soybeans in relay intercropping.
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Slugs Slither Into Spring

Higher slug counts will put many no-tillers on special alert this spring.
David Graham steps out of his red pickup truck and into the barren field. He pulls out his pocketknife, digs into the corn stalks and within 2 minutes uncovers two slugs — one brown and another one black. The slimy creatures slither up the silver blade of his knife.
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No-Tillers Anonymous

From carbon emissions to earthworm excretions, no-tillers are sharing ideas to protect the environment and their bottom line.
In his former career as a lawyer, Doug Luebke was attending a Supreme Court hearing in Pierre, S.D., when he stumbled into a no-till club conference in the same hotel.
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Sharing No-Tillage Information

Discussing no-till challenges week-after-week produces many profitable solutions.
For a group of northwestern Ohio farmers, getting together every Tuesday morning means much more than just sharing a cup of coffee. The gathering offers opportunities to tackle no-till topics.
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Strip-Tillage Revives No-Till Corn

Faced with cold, wet soils to no-till into each spring, Ohio and Indiana growers credit strip-till with boosting corn yields by as much as 40 bushels per acre.
A revival is happening across the Corn Belt that could save no-till corn. The movement is called strip tillage.
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