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South Dakota: One State, Two Trends

An NRCS survey finds no-till acreage increased in the state by 29% overall between 2004 and 2013, but decreased where crop rotations shifted from small grains to corn and soybean plantings.
Last year, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service conducted a county-level inventory of crop systems in South Dakota to capture a “snapshot in time” of the types of tillage systems being used.
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No-Till Movement In U.S. Continues To Grow

The most recent Census of Agriculture found no-tilled acres in the U.S. reached a new high of 96 million acres in 2012, but experts say obstacles remain to more consistent adoption of the practice.
Nearly 35% of cropland acres in the U.S. are no-tilled and more than 10 million acres of cover crops have been seeded across the country.
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Modern Agriculture Stifles Global Warming

A new study reveals that optimizing yields on existing farmlands reduces net carbon emission compared with expanding tillable acres at the expense of forests, especially in the tropics.
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USDA Report: No-Till Farming A Growing Practice

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More Acres An Opportunity For More No-Till

As the number of Iowa farmers decreases and the average farm size increases, that can mean more conservation on the ground – especially when it’s farmed by environmental stewards like Paul “Butch” Schroeder of Coon Rapids.
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Know Value of Each Seed Trait

Besides looking at new traits, plant breeders are paying close attention to each new corn hybrid’s reaction to various production practices. These include a hybrid’s performance with post-emergence herbicides, foliar fungicides, different seeding rates, various planting dates, continuous corn and nitrogen usage.
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No-Till Expands By 7.1 Million Acres

U.S. cropped acres being no-tilled grew from 20 percent in 2002 to almost 23 percent this year.
While some growers and educators figured the U.S. no-till acreage might have decreased during the past 2 years, it instead turned in an astounding increase of 7.1 million acres. Much of the increase occurred in the Great Plains states where no-till is helping growers make more productive use of limited water.
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