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Cover Crop Grazing 101: Get Your Plan Together

Understanding livestock and soil health goals, crop rotation and soil types can help no-tillers make grazing cover crops a more profitable venture.
Understanding livestock and soil health goals, crop rotation and soil types can help no-tillers make grazing cover crops a more profitable venture.
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Case Closed: Soil Tests Confirm No-Till Success

Better equipment, residue-producing crops and plenty of persistence have keyed Steve Hoffman’s no-till transition in the Texas Panhandle.
Organic-matter readings from soil tests pretty much sum up the success Steve Hoffman has seen converting his farm in the Texas Panhandle to no-till practices.
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Tips and Tools for Managing Those ‘Bulletproof’ Weeds

With herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth and kochia marching across the Plains, growers must focus on rotating chemistries, slowing down their spray rig and mixing products properly, experts say.
Herbicide-resistant weeds are nothing new in the farming landscape, but “bulletproof” Palmer amaranth and kochia are becoming more of a concern because of the long-standing reliance on glyphosate applications.
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Tighter Canopies, More Stubble Help Dairy’s No-Till Transition

New Mexico grower Zachary Cordel and farm manager Nick Pipkin say grain crops are proving to be good soil holders, while reduced tillage and manure applications are building organic matter.
Zachary Cordel already appreciated no-tilling from his days on the farm with his father in Cocker City, Kan., north of Salina. During the 5 years Zachary spent at college, and a subsequent 2 years of missionary work, his father went from tilling fields on their farm to becoming excited about conservation and stewarding the land, and he's now no-tilled for 12 years.
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Translating a Garden Lesson to Profitable No-Tilling

The benefits of no-till residue are helping Lamesa, Texas, farmer Jeremy Brown realize more consistent yields as he converts more of his farm from irrigation to dryland management.
Jeremy Brown’s decision to adopt no-till practices stems from an important lesson from his backyard garden. Brown transplanted this idea it onto the landscape near Lamesa on the Southern High Plains of Texas, where he’s no-tilling 2,600 acres, most of it dryland farming.
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