Articles by Frank Lessiter

A Paraquat History Lesson

When we launched No-Till Farmer in 1972, paraquat was the No. 1 burndown herbicide. While it has lost much of its popularity to glyphosate, Mark Loux says it is one of those herbicides (marketed as Gramoxone by Syngenta) that could have been used much more in recent years to help control marestail and to interrupt the continuous glyphosate use cycle. The Ohio State University weed scientist says paraquat is most effective on small annual weeds.
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Zapping Weeds, Smashing Seeds

With growing concerns about herbicide resistance, Australia no-tillers are looking at new non-chemical ways to control serious weed problems. While the 2013 no-till acreage in Australia was 43.7 million acres, there’s some thought that the country’s no-till acres have declined in recent years due to herbicide resistance worries.
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Light Tillage Not the Answer

A few months back, Ohio State University agronomists produced a website article suggesting that no-tillers consider limited tillage. They felt numerous concerns with soil damage, weed control and disease pathogens and insects that survive on crop residue could be remedied with light tillage.
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25 No-Till Living Legends

These highly talented folks have played a key role in no-till adoption.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the National No-Tillage Conference, the staff of No-Till Farmer honored 25 active individuals who have made no-till work and grow over the years.
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2016: Pushing No-Till Beyond Barriers

Jan. 6-9, Indianapolis • 1,104 attendees
No-tillers fighting herbicide resistance with waterhemp, Palmer amaranth or marestail in no-till soybean fields should consider using more soil residual herbicides, maintains Bryan Young. The Purdue University weed scientist says you need to match application timing and length of residual effectiveness to the period of peak emergence for these weeds.
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2015: Building Better No-Till Practices

Jan. 14-17, Cincinnati • 935 attendees
After losing more than 80 pounds per acre of valuable nitrogen (N) from December to April, Cameron Mills found several ways to make sure cover crops were seeded on every acre. The Walton, Ind., no-tiller says soil testing showed the value of covering every acre over the winter.
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