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Getting Ahead of the Dryland Curve with No-Till

Kress, Texas no-tiller Cody Gruhlkey says reduced tillage on his 8,000-acre farm has reduced crusting, improved wheat yields and made the family’s farm more competitive in challenging conditions.
Figuratively speaking, you could say that 17 years of no-tilling has grown Cody Gruhlkey a barnful of beautifully restored antique tractors on his 8,000-acre farming operation near Kress in the Texas Panhandle.
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Fires Scorch No-Till Profits

A no-tiller’s investment in crop residue can go up in smoke during field fires, but some steps can be taken to soften the blow
As a no-tiller, you know crop residue is crucial to the success of the system. It protects the soil against the forces of wind and water erosion, provides food for earthworms and microorganisms and holds valuable nutrients.
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Balancing Soil Helps No-Till

Oconomowoc, Wis., no-tiller Robert Miller uses a biological farming system to balance the soil. Miller and his sons Luke and Nick no-till 3,600 acres of corn, soybeans and winter wheat. They use cover crops to build soil organic matter and gypsum to balance calcium and magnesium levels.
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No-Tilling Needs Attention To Details

Transition from conventional tillage puts young farmer on the path toward healthier, more rewarding soil.
PETE GOTTFRIED ROLLS his office chair over to the horizontal file. He instantly pulls out a snapshot of a field that resembles a parking lot. Heavy rains can cause the sticky, tight soils, high in magnesium, to crust and compact, explains the Nevada, Ohio, no-tiller.
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