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Saving The Soil ‘Skin,’ Thriving With No-Till

What began as an economic decision has morphed into a successful and profitable livestock and cropping operation for longtime South Dakota no-tiller Rick Bieber.
When Rick Bieber adopted no-till during the 1980s, he knew little about how or why reduced tillage might benefit his soils. He was simply searching for ways to lower input and labor costs to make his farming operation a paying proposition.
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7 Steps For Fighting Palmer Amaranth

We’re already hearing that Palmer amaranth is making its presence known this season —both the University of Kentucky and Iowa State University reported infestations of the “pigweed on steroids” in their respective states recently, and it’s likely that more findings will pop up as the growing season continues.
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New Opportunities With Non-GMOs

Last month, Vermont became the first state to require labeling of genetically engineered foods, also known as GMOs. The law won’t take effect until July 1, 2016 — if it ever happens. A federal bill introduced recently would ban states from passing such laws, and Vermont is preparing for a battle in court with the food industry.
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Using Cover Crops To Take Up Nutrients

One benefit of planting cover crops after corn silage, small grain, or a processing vegetable crop, or after a manure application is that the cover crop can take up residual nitrate and reduce the risk of nitrate leaching between harvest and planting.
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