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Getting More Dollars Per Acre With No-Till, Covers and Livestock

David Wessel’s recipe for no-till success lets him wring out profits from poorer ground and lean on covers and healthier soil to raise corn, soybeans and wheat more economically.
David Wessel isn’t afraid to make the most out of every no-till acre, whether it’s rich, black gumbo, timber or sandy soils, or anything in between.
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Crop Rotation, Grazing Rebuilds Soil

Soil gets tired. After years of supporting a rotating cast of crops, the soil’s nutrient supply is often exhausted. The tilling, turning, and planting also degrade the organic matter in the soil and its ability to stay hydrated.
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The No-Till ‘Iceberg’ Effect

As the NRCS touts “No-Till November,” here’s a quick refresher about the value of leaving residue on the soil surface for its benefit to soil biology belowground.
As the NRCS touts “No-Till November,” here’s a quick refresher about the value of leaving residue on the soil surface for its benefit to soil biology belowground.
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Mushroom Compost, No-Tilling Supercharge Soil Health Levels

For many farmers, rebuilding the level of organic matter in their soils is a process that can take many years, oftentimes only seeing small gains. But Kennett Square, Pa., no-tiller Jamie Hicks has seen the organic matter in some of his soils rocket from 1% to up to 5% in a relatively short period of time by spreading mushroom compost.
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Less is More: No-Tillers Weigh in on Nitrogen Management Methods

A survey of no-tillers uncovers a range of application and management practices — plus uses of precision data and cover crops — that help provide optimal crop yields and cut input costs in no-till operations.
Nitrogen (N) management plans are about as variable as the timing and application options available to today’s no-till farmers. Not only is careful consideration given to the types and amounts of N applied, but the use of precision data gathering equipment also enables growers to gauge their success on the fly and take corrective actions as required.
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Tips for Better Management of Cereal Rye in Corn, Soybeans

Termination timing, planting depth, seed-to-soil contact and armyworm control are important considerations in making rye the most useful tool for no-till systems.
Termination timing, planting depth, seed-to-soil contact and armyworm control are important considerations in making rye the most useful tool for no-till systems.
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