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Mixing Up a Sprayer Solution for an Effective Herbicide Kill

Accurate measurements, water pH and hardness, and the use of adjuvants are all key to ensuring every spray droplet makes it into the weed or cover crop.

Herbicides are one of the most critical tools used on no-till operations. But you may not be utilizing these chemicals as effectively as you could, which can result in increased herbicide resistance or another pass across the field to clean up any yield-robbing weeds or cover crops.


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Environment, Genetics Play Key Roles In Maximizing Root Growth

No-tillers looking to develop a healthier, stronger root system will want to focus on how to create optimal soil environments that interact well with good genetics.
No-tillers may keep an eye on what’s going on aboveground throughout the growing season, but what's taking place belowground can also have a big impact on crop health and yield.
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Better No-Tilling, Fertility Plans Could Help Clean Up Watersheds

No-tillers and consultants discuss what can be done to preserve more phosphorus in the soil and reduce nutrient-loading issues in Lake Erie’s western basin and other waterways.
On Aug. 2, the city of Toledo, Ohio, issued a notice to a half-million residents not to drink or boil the water, after two sample readings for microcystin - a toxin produced by blue-green algae - tested in excess of the recommended "not drink" standard at Toledo's Collin Park Water Treatment Plant.
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Why Your Glyphosate May Not Be Working

Hard water in the spray tank can cause double-digit reductions in the effectiveness of glyphosate applications, and may also be silently exacerbating problems with herbicide resistance in weeds.
The carefully calculated and measured rate of glyphosate that goes in the spray tank is the same deadly dose that makes it to weed leaves, right?
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Manure, Crop Diversity Lock Down No-Till Profits

Koepke Farms tweaks its crop rotation, manure management and onfarm research to get the most from its no-till practices.
Even after more than a quarter-century of no-tilling, Koepke Farms continues to fine-tune its practices to keep soil in place, make the most of manure and fertilizer applications and consistently reach 200-bushel corn yields without irrigation.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Using The Right Tools Brings No-Till Success

Doug Gronau believes technology can boost no-till profitability, but it must produce a quick return on investment.
Returning to no-till after a 30-plus year hiatus was really a homecoming for my family. My father no-tilled in the 1960s, but moved away from the practice due to the lack of mechanical and herbicide options we needed to make no-till work.
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