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Living Roots: Fighting Soil Compaction with Biology and Diversity

A recent study by Anthony Bly of South Dakota State University found that no-till fields managed with diversified crop rotation, cover crops, and livestock integration had 57% porosity and an internal water movement rate of 4.7 inches per hour. Soil from conventionally tilled fields had 49% porosity and an internal water movement rate of only 0.8 inches per hour.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Continuing a No-Till Legacy

Red Oak, Iowa, grower Jason McCunn is picking up the no-till tradition that his grandfather helped pioneer in their area.
No-till, to one degree or another, is the standard practice in our area. It’s really all I’ve ever known. That’s how my grandpa farmed, and how my father farmed. It’s also one of the reasons I’ve been able to move back to the farm with my wife and children and work the land full time.
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