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Wrapping Up Corn Planting In Nebraska

Managing editor John Dobberstein and I are visiting two western Iowa no-tillers today on the final day of a 3-day farm tour around Omaha, Neb. We started with two visits near Lincoln, Neb., on Monday; then visited no-tillers in southeast Nebraska, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa on Tuesday.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Strip-Till Handles Soil Challenges

But this grower says you won’t reap the full soil-building benefits of no-till or strip-till for 5 years.
When we decided that we wanted to no-till corn back in 1994, we knew we would face a tough challenge from our cold, wet spring soils. So, my brother Steve and I (with the support of our Dad, Dave) decided to try fall strip-tilling.
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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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Stripping! Ripping!

A veteran no-tiller who’s definitely been successful with both no-tilled corn and soybeans is Dean Holst of Le Claire, Iowa. He’s been so successful that he expected to no-till 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans this spring.
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