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No-Tilling Makes Continuous Cropping Work in Dry Climate

Leaning on the expertise of local researchers, Carl Vandermolen has diversified his no-till rotation and found another level of soil health.
The Gallatin Valley is a bustling place. Snug in the shadow of towering Rocky Mountain peaks, the valley is home to Montana State University, the hip and thriving town of Bozeman and a diverse, often progressive community of farmers — ranging from container hydroponic growers of salad greens to large-scale commercial producers — that make it feel more like a California valley than one in Montana.
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Bank On It!

Mike and Robert McClellan keep their soils healthy and productive with intensive rotations, elimination of summer fallow and double cropping.
Mike and Robert McClellan keep their soils healthy and productive with intensive rotations, elimination of summer fallow and double cropping.
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No-Till Brings New ‘Shade’ Of Higher Yields, Profitability

Johnny and Brian Moore’s switch to no-till, cover crops and a diverse rotation has stopped erosion, improved organic matter and made their North Carolina farm’s high-clay soils more productive.
Brian Moore stuck a small shovel into the ground, pushed it down with his foot and pulled up a chunk of soil interlaced with roots and decaying plant matter.
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Early Planting May Up Weed Pressure

While the opportunity to plant corn early was welcomed by growers across much of the Midwest, early planting means the weed competition period will be extended compared to the last two years. This could be a significant issue for many no-tillers.
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You’ve Got To Start With Clean No-Till Fields

There’s no substitute for a two-pass herbicide program to keep weeds from stealing nutrients and sunlight and hurting yield potential
One of the most important steps in no-till weed control is to start with a clean field. This means you should use a burndown treatment to make sure the field is clean at or shortly after planting.
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