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Autonomous Tractor Yes, Chisel Plow No.

On the opening day of our National No-Tillage Conference in January, John Deere introduced its first-ever autonomous tractor in Las Vegas to considerable fanfare. While the advanced driverless tractor is no doubt an engineering marvel, the package deal that requires the purchase of decades-old chisel plow technology is not so innovative.
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Battling an Unhealthy 44% Increase in Fertilization Costs, No-Tillers are Seeking Ways to Trim Critical Nutrient Expenses Without Sacrificing Yields and Returns

Sky-high fertilizer prices are certainly having a serious economic impact on how no-tillers will be fertilizing this year’s corn and soybean crops. Major fertility changes are coming, according to data from our 14th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study that analyzed extensive data from 480 U.S. no-tillers.


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Times Op-Ed Video Offers Shotgun Approach to Ag Industry

Amid drone footage of industrial scale Ag facilities, footage of Senate Agricultural Committee member Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) looking concerned on a couch when he clearly had other things to do, a bearded man eating what appeared to be the same piece of steak several times, and some earnest-sounding lawyers, a voiceover contrasted the national discourse over the environment with what aims to be a serious discussion about agriculture and America's food chain.


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Occasional Tillage Just Not a Good Option

Most no-tillers won’t want to hear it, but some University of Nebraska research indicates an occasional limited tillage pass won’t seriously damage no-till’s favorable soil structure. But with herbicide costs increasing significantly this year, we’ve heard that a few no-tillers are thinking of using a light tillage pass as a weed control option.


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Don't Be Scared of Sustainable Beef

If you add the adjective “sustainable” to an ag commodity like beef, be prepared for some folks to give you an earful. But many suggested practices for a sustainable beef operation, like better soil health, are the same things producers should consider when trying to improve their bottom line.


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