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Quit Bad-Mouthing No-Till

It’s not surprising, as these pro and con discussions have been going on since we launched No-Till Farmer in 1972. But today, there’s more acceptance of no-till by everyone than ever before.
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Frank Comments

Cap-And-Trade Favors No-Till

While passage last summer of the American Clean Energy and Security Act by the House of Representatives calls for establishing a cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gases, it’s expected to have a serious financial impact for farmers. However, the financial penalties will be much lower for continuous no-tillers.
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We're Not There Yet, But 300-Bushel Corn Yields May Be Typical Just 20 Years From Now

David Hula captured top no-till yield honors in last fall’s National Corn Growers Association contest with a yield of 319.3 bushels per acre. While this Charles City, Va., no-tiller’s result was about double the current national average, 300 bushels is a yield some industry leaders are anticipating as being typical just 20 years from now.
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Frank Comments

Concerns About Refuge Acres

Even with new innovations coming for maintaining refuge acres with genetically engineered (GE) corn, there’s solid evidence that many growers are not meeting the current requirements. In fact, one out of every four growers who plants genetically engineered corn is failing to comply with at least one important insect-resistance management requirement, claim staffers with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington, D.C.
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Frank Comments

Refuge Rules Slashed By 75%

Many no-tillers have been wondering when the refuge requirement for Bt corn hybrids might be reduced. With a reduced refuge, they’ve been calculating how much corn yields could be raised across their operations.
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