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Interseeding Diverse Cover Crops Builds Beneficial Insect Populations

Entomologist Mike Bredeson shares insights on how no-tillers can increase insect diversity by interseeding cover crops into cash crops.
When it comes to interseeding cover crops, growers should think about designing their agricultural ecosystems — including insects, microorganisms, bacteria and fungi — to make them function to the best of their ability, according to Mike Bredeson, a Grove City, Minn.-based entomologist with the Ecdysis Foundation.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Focus on No-Till, Soil Health Puts Farm Problems Out to Pasture

Veteran no-tiller Terry Ness has found a focus on soil health and diverse rotations can mean reduced inputs and security in the face of weather, insects, weeds and disease.
My soils were on the verge of giving out on me when I finally made the switch to no-till. I’m a first-generation farmer.
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Regenerative Farming Practices Lead to Improved Soil Biology, Healthy Crops

Cash crops, year-round cover crops and livestock allow Grant Sims to focus on crop diversity and growing companion crops.
Crop Farming “down under” is not that much different from farming in North America. Like U. S. no-tillers, Grant Sims, a sixth-generation farmer from north central Victoria, Australia, and his family focus on soil biology and managing inputs while raising cash crops, year-round cover crops, sheep and cattle on their operation on the Murray River.
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It’s More Than Just No-Till

Adding diverse crop rotations to no-till systems will move your operation in the direction of improved soil quality.
Adding diverse crop rotations to no-till systems will move your operation in the direction of improved soil quality.
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More Crops, Much More Residue

With most corn belt no-tillers growing only corn and soybeans, many of the major benefits of crop rotations are being overlooked. Even so, a recent University of Illinois study on the impact crop rotations have on soil quality may have raised more questions due to the favorable results found with continuous corn.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Inheriting A Legacy of No-Till

With no-till long established by an innovator of the practice, the Hilton family in Alberta is free to focus on their business and the next big things.

Spencer: Running 10,000 acres of no-tilled hard red spring wheat, malting barley and canola in southern Alberta, Canada, is a team effort for our family. Until recently, when my parents, Gordon and Viola Hilton, exited the partnership, our farm was run by three generations.


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