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A Different Look At Carbon

While no-tilled crops are widely considered to be among the best ways to sequester carbon, the actual amounts may actually be tied to soil type, soil drainage and soil depth.
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Why Growers are Rethinking Fertilizing Strategies

As input costs continue to rise, growers are taking a new look at what and how they’re utilizing fertilizer and ag chemicals.
Few, if any, farmers were spared the sticker shock of rising costs of fuel, fertilizer and ag chemicals in the past 16 months. But the reality is these costs have been steadily increasing for a decade or more as shown in Fig. 1.
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Look South For Tips On Continuous No-Tilling

Almost all no-tillers in South America have given up tilling completely. They use cover crops while U.S. no-tillers revert to tillage as a problem-solver
Most U.S no-tillers miss out on the full benefits of no-tilling because they incorrectly believe they must occasionally till for a variety of reasons, says Rolph Derpsch, an internationally respected no-till researcher and advocate from Paraguay.
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Consider Liquid Manure For Fertilizing No-Till Fields

Used properly, incorporated liquid manure provides no-tillers another option for meeting crop fertilization needs in the face of ever-increasing nitrogen costs.
Nitrogen costs keep rising, forcing no-tillers to examine fertilization program options and their impact on crops and the bottom line. For some no-tillers, liquid livestock manure might be an option — if they can overcome concerns about odors or the feasibility of incorporation.
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Don’t Separate Nitrogen And Tillage

It pays to remember that different tillage systems affect nitrogen in different ways.
You can't talk about nitrogen management without talking about tillage management. And separating nitrogen management from management of no-till and other tillage systems can be dangerous, according to Alan Sundermeier, an Ohio State University extension educator.
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Maximize Your Phosphorus Placement

Input costs for fertilizer, an absolute necessity, can be staggering. Here’s how to ensure you get the biggest bang for your phosphorus buck.
Fertilizer placement draws a lot of opinions about everything from when to apply to the depth of application. The many, sometimes conflicting opinions can be confusing about which to follow.
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