Darrell Bruggink

Darrell Bruggink

Executive Editor/Publisher

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[Podcast] Using Regenerative Agriculture to Revive Your No-Till System

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast series, brought to you by Yetter Mfg. Co., we welcome Gabe Brown, a veteran no-tiller and the owner of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, N.D. Gabe shares his no-till journey, where he developed a management system that positively impacted soil biology and allowed nature to help his farm thrive.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast series, brought to you by Yetter Mfg. Co., we welcome Gabe Brown, a veteran no-tiller and the owner of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, N.D. Gabe shares his no-till journey, where he developed a management system that positively impacted soil biology and allowed nature to help his farm thrive.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Fertilizer Expenses Creep Upward

After slashing their fertilizer bill nearly 27% in 2016, no-tillers battled to keep their spending on applied nutrients to a 4% increase last year.
After having made considerable cuts to their fertilizer spending in 2016, No-Till Farmer readers fought hard to hold on to those dollars in a bid to stay profitable in 2017. They did well, for the most part.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Cover Crop Train Keeps Rolling On

Use hits all-time high at 83%, but more cereal rye seeded to trim costs.
No-Till Farmer readers appear firmly committed to using cover crops. The percentage of no-tillers using cover crops grew to 83% in 2017 — a 6-point jump over the prior year, an all-time high in the decade-old no-till benchmark study and the 6th consecutive year of growth.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

14 Facts About the Top No-Till Yielders

Whether corn or soybeans, these top-third no-till yielders used more inputs, spent more money to get higher yields in 2017, but with mixed bottom lines.
So what are the practices that the top no-till corn and soybean producers use in their operations?
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

No-Tillers Walk a Fine Line on Earnings

Boosted by record corn yields, no-tillers eked out slightly better profits in 2017 despite higher expenditures for land rent, crop protection, equipment.
Being “better than average” on a consistent basis usually leads to success. In the 2017 world of farm economics, it took something extra special for no-tillers to finish in the black.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

No-Tillers Keep Their Noses Above Water

From highs to lows, No-Till Farmer readers adjusted to a weakening U.S. ag economy during the last decade by cutting expenses to maintain slim profits.
A lot can happen over 10 years. In the spring of 2008, George W. Bush was the President of the U.S. and the U.S. economy was humming along. It was only several months later that the real estate market and economy collapsed.
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No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

20 No-Till Trends from the Past Decade

Cover cropping, yields, seed corn populations and precision tools all on the rise, while Roundup Ready soybeans, soybean seeding rates and applied nitrogen on the decline, according to No-Till Farmer readers.
A look back at the last 10 years may reveal that you have fewer hairs on the top of your head (or more of them colored gray). As for the collective farming operations of No-Till Farmer readers, a number of trends have emerged from the past decade of no-till operational benchmark surveys that no-tillers graciously took the time to answer.
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[Podcast] Managing Soil Biology for Faster Crop Residue Breakdown

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we are joined by Doug Miller from Midwest Bio-Tech who provides an in-depth look into the science behind residue breakdown
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we are joined by Doug Miller from Midwest Bio-Tech who provides an in-depth look into the science behind residue breakdown
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[Podcast] Getting to Know the Trillions of Friends Underfoot

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we talk with soil health leader for the National Resources Conservation Service Jennifer Moore-Kucera about the fact that no-till soil is very much alive with life.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we talk with soil health leader for the National Resources Conservation Service Jennifer Moore-Kucera about the fact that no-till soil is very much alive with life.
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