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A Post-Planting Checklist To Keep No-Till Systems On Track

Scouting fields for planter performance, weed emergence and seedling nutrient deficiencies can help no-tillers improve their management decisions for sidedress applications and beyond.
Even if spring came late to your area, it’s important to take time after planting to review what went right and what could use some improvement.
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Change Is The Name Of The Game

If you want to continue to get ahead with no-till, you can’t sit still when it comes to equipment changes.
Whether his 12-row, no-till planter needs it or not, Maury McLean usually spends part of the winter trying to figure out ways to make the machine more efficient. “I always get enthused about the new growing season by early March and make some last-minute changes and upgrades to the planter,” says the veteran Lancaster, Wis., no-tiller.
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Downsizing Downpressure

Among the dozens of ways to refine your no-till system, understanding and respecting downpressure can be a key to boosting yields and reducing unnecessary problems.
The Reed family members are some of no-till’s biggest advocates. But the Washington, Iowa, farmers don’t say no-tilling is the perfect, cookie-cutter method. Instead, they say, while no-till is the best way to be a good steward of the land and a profitable farmer, it does take some know-how.
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