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Farmer Panel: Cover Crops Help Store, Rather Than Steal Plains Soil Moisture

While covers may use some water, experienced no-tillers say they build water-holding capacity in no-tilled soils, soften the impact of rain and reduce soil moisture evaporation.
Some growers in the Plains feel incorporating cover crops into no-till systems can’t work because covers will use up all of the available moisture needed for the following cash crop. But experienced no-tillers share what benefits they’ve seen from cover crops on their own farms.
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Sell The Plows, Selling Out To No-Till

Texas growers Todd and Brian Vincent rely on a large self-propelled sprayer, residue layers and mellow, absorbent soils to raise productive no-till cotton and wheat.

Nineteen years into no-till farming, Todd Vincent was convinced he would probably never plow again on his family’s 3,000-acre operation in the Texas High Plains, if it weren't for the howling winds accompanying a lingering drought.


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From the Desk of John Dobberstein

Stepping Back From The Brink?

The crisis facing the Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains has hit the mainstream media. NBC News published a special report last weekend that may help the public gain a better understanding of the implications of the declining aquifer, which could lead to an agricultural and food-supply disaster.


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From the Desk of John Dobberstein

No-Till Could Ease Irrigation Woes

There have been many articles published about the dilemma facing growers in the Great Plains when it comes to irrigation. The challenge growers and decision makers face in preserving aquifers for agricultural use, without allowing them to be drained to unsustainable levels, is daunting. 


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Young Texas Trio Brings Technology To The Farm

The tales of young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs launching new ventures out of Silicon Valley are common. But what about three 20-something brothers who live – not in some high tech mecca – but near the small community of Wilderado, Texas, who started a new business venture?
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