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‘Split Decision’ Helping More No-Tillers Improve Their Nitrogen Efficiency

Growers and researchers say they’re seeing increased corn yields and more application flexibility with Y-drop systems with targeted placement.
With corn prices continuing on a stagnant path for the foreseeable future, many no-tillers are looking for ways to ratchet up efficiency with their inputs, including with nitrogen (N).
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3 No-Tillers Honored for Responsible Nutrient Management Practices

The 12th class of Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners is reaping the rewards from soil and tissue testing, thoughtful fertilizer applications and using cover crops.
Recognized for their successful, exacting fertilizer application practices, Karl Dirks, Mount Joy, Pa., Don Villwock of Edwardsport, Ind., and Lowell King of Loma, Colo., were honored as the 12th class of Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners at the 2020 National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis.
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The Secrets of No-Till Yield Champions

No-tillers David Hula and Kip Cullers say spoon-feeding crops at the right time, intensive scouting, healthy soils and even emergence have helped them raise contest-winning corn and soybean yields.
One of the most valuable lessons David Hula learned about farming came several years ago from a towering former NFL player turned DuPont Pioneer agronomist.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Donning No-Till Armor To Save Soils

Lucas Criswell is pushing his 30-year no-till system another step higher by seeding row crops into taller cover crops and using precision technology to safeguard nutrients and the environment.
I wish I could rewind and start over no-tilling with what I know now. The longer we no-till, the more we learn about what was really happening in our fields as we made the transition, and what we could have done then to take our soils farther, faster.
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Tweaking Plans for More Profits

Jordan and Katie Hancock of Fulton, Ky., have made adjustments to their equipment and cropping rotation in attempts to protect and improve their soils and profits. To learn about their operation, see the article “Adjusting Equipment, Adding Crops Improves No-Till Operation” from the October 2015 issue.

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