Articles by Martha Ostendorf

Sidedress Anhydrous Without Compromising No-Till

New nutrient applicators allow for sidedressing anhydrous and other nitrogen solutions with minimal soil disturbance, maximum efficiency
Destructive trails left by a shank and knife anhydrous applicator are fodder for no-tiller nightmares. But new low-disturbance applicators mean no-tillers can slip the cost-effective nitrogen source into the ground and leave barely a mark.
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Keep Yields From Cooling Off

Cover crops can offset the major causes of yield drag in fields making the transition to no-till and improve the soil biology of fields lacking crop and residue diversity
If you had to scavenge for food from Thanksgiving to Easter, chances are you wouldn’t be very productive and may not survive. The same is true of soil microbes.
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Slugs Get A Leg Up On No-Tillers

Oozing under the research radar for years, these slimy seedling-gnawing pests are getting the full attention of no-tillers with increased no-till and cover crop acres producing lots of habitat
A Beer shortage would likely result if no-tillers resorted to the tried-and-true garden fix of drowning slugs in plates of beer.
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Seed Treatments Taking Big Steps Forward

Once simple fungicides and insecticides, seed treatments are major multitaskers, tackling everything from insects to weather
No-tillers drop seeds into hostile territory like paratroopers parachuting into battle. Once in the soil, they have to fight through disease, insects, nematodes and often cold stress before emerging victorious as a strong, vigorous seedling.
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