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5 Top Notch Tips for Better No-Till Planting, Seed Placement

Striving for uniformity ‘every day of the year’ is the best approach to no-tilling crops and optimizing yields, says ag engineer Paul Jasa.
WITH PLANTING season not as far away as it might seem, editors at No-Till Farmer recently talked with Nebraska Extension ag engineer Paul Jasa about a range of topics related to no-tilling corn. From ensuring proper seeding depth and spacing, to choosing the right planter and seeder attachments, to the location of the new rows, Jasa explained what steps no-tillers may want to consider to achieve better and more consistent. Here are the highlights of this discussion.
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Conquering Stubborn Soils and Residue with a Switch to Strip-Till

Seeding and fertilizing experimentation enables Nebraska farmers to better manage residue, convert poor fields into pivotal performers.
Conventional wisdom is overrated for Nickerson, Neb., farmers Kirk Brand and Brent Willnerd, especially when it comes to getting the most out of their 2,600-acre corn and soybean operation.
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‘Soil Livestock’ Open the Tap to Increasing No-Till Production

Healthier microbial communities are key for no-tillers to utilize large pools of untapped nutrients underground and increase production without hiking input costs.
NUTRIENT-BASED yield theories have served agriculture for more than 150 years, but the problem, some soil scientists say, is those models were created without any concept of soil biology.
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The No-Till ‘Iceberg’ Effect

As the NRCS touts “No-Till November,” here’s a quick refresher about the value of leaving residue on the soil surface for its benefit to soil biology belowground.
As the NRCS touts “No-Till November,” here’s a quick refresher about the value of leaving residue on the soil surface for its benefit to soil biology belowground.
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Are You in Love With the Residue?

Younger members of the Peterson family that runs Peterson Farm Bros. near Assaria, Kan., shares their love for no-till residue and soil health in this parody of Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Shape of You.” The family raises 1,400 acres of corn, alfalfa and forage sorghum as food for beef cattle and wheat, milo and soybeans for cash crops.
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Sneak Peek at New SmartFirmer System

Precision Planting Product Manager Dale Koch discusses the new SmartFirmer, an optical senor imbedded in a Keeton Seed Firmer that scans the soil as it goes through the field. The system tracks and provides feedback on organic matter, soil moisture and residue in the furrow.
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Shoot for Higher Organic Matter by Relying on Residue

While increasing organic matter is a multi-year process, no-tillers can boost it even faster by ensuring there’s enough plant material to replenish what’s already in the soil and adding more residue.
Despite making up only a small percentage of the soil — no more than 10%, according to the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension — organic matter plays a critical role in the soil’s health and the crops raised on it.
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