Articles by Jim Steiert

Cody Gruhlkey

Getting Ahead of the Dryland Curve with No-Till

Kress, Texas no-tiller Cody Gruhlkey says reduced tillage on his 8,000-acre farm has reduced crusting, improved wheat yields and made the family’s farm more competitive in challenging conditions.
Figuratively speaking, you could say that 17 years of no-tilling has grown Cody Gruhlkey a barnful of beautifully restored antique tractors on his 8,000-acre farming operation near Kress in the Texas Panhandle.
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Dryland

Make The Right Moves To Boost No-till Planter, Drill Performance

How growers handle down pressure, weight, attachment selection and more plays a large part in determining no-till success, says ag engineer Paul Jasa.
If there’s a mistake to be made in no-till, Paul Jasa says he’s either made it himself or seen it done, and it’s clear that planting errors are high on the list of problems that can hurt no-till profitability.
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McAlister

Farmer Panel: Cover Crops Help Store, Rather Than Steal Plains Soil Moisture

While covers may use some water, experienced no-tillers say they build water-holding capacity in no-tilled soils, soften the impact of rain and reduce soil moisture evaporation.
Some growers in the Plains feel incorporating cover crops into no-till systems can’t work because covers will use up all of the available moisture needed for the following cash crop. But experienced no-tillers share what benefits they’ve seen from cover crops on their own farms.
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Succeeding at No-Till Without ‘Chasing Acres’

After nearly quitting on agriculture, Jonathan Cobb is rebuilding his family’s central Texas farm through no-till practices, intense cover-crop mixes and rotational grazing to amass ‘soil wealth.’
Less is proving more for Jonathan Cobb — fewer acres, lower expenses for equipment, fertilizers and herbicides and more hope about his future in farming.
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Sell The Plows, Selling Out To No-Till

Texas growers Todd and Brian Vincent rely on a large self-propelled sprayer, residue layers and mellow, absorbent soils to raise productive no-till cotton and wheat.

Nineteen years into no-till farming, Todd Vincent was convinced he would probably never plow again on his family’s 3,000-acre operation in the Texas High Plains, if it weren't for the howling winds accompanying a lingering drought.


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