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Is Tillage OK Once Every 10 Years?

There are better ways than moldboard plowing to reduce potential phosphorus runoff in no-tilled fields, experts say.
Is there a benefit to moldboard plowing a no-till field once every 10 years? A recent article, “Changing Tillage, Changing Nutrient Management,” in the Spring 2008 issue of Plant Nutrition Today suggested that continuous no-till can lead to accumulation of phosphorus (P) at the soil surface, causing higher P concentrations in runoff.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

From Rough Start To Smooth Ride, We Keep Looking

An open mind about management practices and equipment is a key tool in taking no-till fields to their full potential.
We started no-tilling in the mid-1980s with the wrong attitude, the wrong tools and not enough knowledge to make it work. It fell flat on its face. Yet, here we are in 2006, confidently no-tilling 1,300 acres.
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If Spray Coverage Counts, These Tips Could Save A Season

Noted expert on spray nozzles provides points to remember as you prepare to cover your fields with herbicides and fungicides.
Robert Klein is an agronomist at the University of Nebraska and an expert on spray nozzles. He offered general guidelines for selecting and using spray equipment in the April issue of No-Till Farmer (see Pages 14 and 15). Below are other nuggets of advice Klein offered to attendees at this year’s National No-Tillage Conference:
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The Big Three

No-tiller Paul Reed pays particular attention to three aspects of his operation to drive up corn yields and profit.
“No-till soybeans have caught on a lot faster than no-till corn. We want to close that gap,” says Paul Reed, who no-tills in Washington, Iowa, with his brothers and father.
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Feed No-Till Soils For Higher Productivity

Focusing on soil fertility, instead of just plant fertility, maximizes no-till’s yield potential.
A no-tiller is synonymous with a mechanic in Carlos Crovetto’s opinion. As a farmer in Concepcion, Chile, Crovetto has seen how crop residue can repair soil that’s been depleted of nutrients from prolonged use of traditional tillage.
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