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Nutrient Balance Is No-Till Key

Paying close attention to every aspect of effective fertilization is critical for no-till success.
Galynn Beer's family has been successfully no-tilling for 20 years in western Oklahoma. “We were flood irrigating when we got started, and if you want a few challenges and obstacles, try no-tilling in flood irrigation,” says the director of sales operations with Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers in Guymon, Okla.
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Put Precision Ag Data To Work

If piles of reports and data from your no-till fields are sitting useless, a consultant could help you turn them into wiser management practices.
Does precision farming, with page after page of information generated by automated devices, really make your no-till fields more productive? Or are you about ready to unplug it all in frustration?
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: A Practical Approach To No-Tilling Helps Lead Newcomers To Benefits

NRCS representative takes a realistic approach to winning converts and proving the long-term advantages of moving away from conventional tillage.
With the recent focus on the benefits of cover crops, it is ironic that research plots evaluating corn planted into hairy vetch sparked my initial interest in no-till. Those first impressions were made when I was a student at Western Kentucky University nearly 25 years ago.
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Learn Plenty From These No-Till Experts

45 top-notch no-till professionals will cover all aspects of this cropping system during the 14th annual National No-Tillage Conference being held Jan. 11 to 14, 2006, in St. Louis, Mo.
A super lineup of no-tillers, researchers, suppliers and educators will share their best tactics, tips, tricks and techniques during the mid-January National No-Tillage Conference to help you no-till more profitably in 2006. Offering an extraordinary mixture of new, traditional and controversial ideas, they’ll zero in on what you’ve told us are your specific no-till wants and needs at this annual gathering of the no-till clan.
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Compaction Can Threaten Unsuspecting No-Tillers

Just because you’re no-tilling doesn’t mean a hardpan can’t undermine all your cropping efforts from the roots up.
No-tillers know the threat that compaction poses to their crops. And although no-tilling minimizes the risk of compaction, no-tillers might not understand how a hardpan might still sneak into their fields.
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Build Mounds Carefully To Make Strip-Tilling Succeed

Successful strip-tiller says mound height sheds excess moisture and provides a suitable seedbed for early planting.
“Mound height is the key to successful strip tilling, but I see a lot of people who don’t pay a lot of attention to the mound height,” says Jim Kinsella, who’s been making strip-till work for more than 20 years on his farm in Lexington, Ill.
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