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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Harvesting Sunlight, Feeding No-Till Soils

Jim Harbach and Schrack Farms Partnership is using a diverse no-till, cover-crop system to build up organic-matter levels in rocky limestone soils.
Our farm perplexed our crop advisor, Gerard Troisi. He consults with many farms in our area of Pennsylvania with a diverse range of production practices. But he struggled to explain how we increased our soil organic matter by 1% in just 3 years while consistently removing virtually all biomass.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Bucking The Tillage Trend In An Alpine Desert

No-till practices are saving Colorado grower Billy Burns’ soils, and even helping his fields recover from a tragic herbicide mistake.

As no-tillers we are definitely an oddity here in the highly productive San Luis Valley of Colorado. While we strive to keep our acres covered and undisturbed, the farmers surrounding us move masses of earth with every crop


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Breaking Through The Plow Pan, Taking No-Till To New Heights

Ralph Upton Jr. didn’t know how his early gamble on no-till and cover crops would pay off, but he’s reaping the rewards for his sustainable investment.
If we're talking cover crops, I could keep a person up all night. Cover crops are truly amazing in what they can accomplish, and the number of different hats they can wear on the farm.
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Why Your Glyphosate May Not Be Working

Hard water in the spray tank can cause double-digit reductions in the effectiveness of glyphosate applications, and may also be silently exacerbating problems with herbicide resistance in weeds.
The carefully calculated and measured rate of glyphosate that goes in the spray tank is the same deadly dose that makes it to weed leaves, right?
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: No-Till And Cover Crops — Just Rolling With It

A three-pronged management approach helps longtime no-tiller John C. Johnson use residue to keep nutrients cycling and yields high.
Cover cropping may be a modern buzz term, but it’s a concept I first witnessed back in the late 1940s. I’m the fifth generation of my family to farm both sides of the Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and was fortunate enough to watch both my father and grandfather work the land.
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