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Prescribing High Populations Maximizes No-Till Productivity

No-tiller Davie Stephens is planting thicker, narrower rows to get the most out of every acre, while protecting his highly erodible land.
Like most growers, Davie Stephens wants to get the most out of his farm. The Clinton, Ky., corn and soybean no-tiller moved to 20-inch rows in the mid 1990s to ramp up planting populations, and is working with different companies to test prescription services to determine what planting rate fits each farm best.
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Video: Scouting Every Acre

Davie Stephens shares how he uses dirt bikes to scout every acre after planting to evaluate crop stand and whether an insecticide application is needed. This year, the Wingo, Ky., no-tiller will also use a drone for scouting and is interested to see what the drone will see compared to what he sees on the ground.
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Video: No-Till Sparks Drive for Better Soil Health

Davie Stephens of Wingo, Ky., talks about how no-till has prevented erosion and built soil tilth and health over the past few decades. Stephens' father started no-till in the late 1970s, and after Stephens joined him in 1988, they went to 100% no-till in the early 1990s. Stephens also explains how no-till drove them to adopting cover crops so they could continue building soil health and preventing soil erosion.
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