Items Tagged with 'Monte Bottens'



Cover Crops Vs. Tile: Which Is The Best?

In the spring, cover crops might serve as a less-expensive alternative to tile systems for drying out fields. But tile has its own perks, and the two systems may be best working together.
With crop prices and farm incomes at record levels, many no-tillers have been pouring substantial sums of money into improving drainage.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Father-Son Team Aims To Thrive, Not Survive

Bob Bottens and his son, Monte, combine their diverse talents to tackle water and technology challenges and turn highly erodible soils into productive no-till fields.
Monte: ‘Moonlight Farmer’ was my dad’s radio handle at the Case IH dealership in Cambridge, Ill., where he worked as a diesel mechanic. He farmed about 80 acres when he wasn't at his day job.
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NNTC16 Audio Presentations

Understanding Corn Root Types and Root Growth to Maximize No-Till Yield - Monte Bottens - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download


When you understand how roots grow and the major corn root types, you’ll have a unique insight of how to select the right hybrid based on drainage, soil types, cover crops and residue cover. In this presentation, Monte Bottens discusses the characteristics of the major corn root types, including the new water-efficiency genetics. The president of California Ag Solutions also walks through why and how roots grow, including how you can positively or negatively impact root growth. He shares how you can set up an on-farm field trial to discover the root types of the hybrids you plant and the impact you can have on crop yield with proper hybrid selection.


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