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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No-Till, Double-Cropping Provide Steady Results for Michigan Dairy

Clair Armbrustmacher continues to advance his successful but somewhat solitary no-till system to include twin-row and cover crops.
Every year I tell my friends I hope I make enough this year to farm again next year. So far, so good. Despite what’s going on in the world around us, I feel positive about my farm’s future.
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Top No-Till Stories from 2020

The most-viewed content for 2020 on reveals the hunger no-tillers have for more information and insights into cutting-edge agricultural practices and equipment.

As we say goodbye to 2020 and usher in a new year, the editors of No-Till Farmer took the opportunity to look back to see what content was of most interest to our online readers over the past 12 months.

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2020 National Cover Crop Summit: Fall Edition

Spice Up Corn & Soybeans with Cover Crops

A Kansas grower shares how his family’s no-till operation has successfully combined cover crops with both corn and soybeans during the online National Cover Crop Summit: Fall 2020 Edition.
Corn and soybeans are the two most common crops grown in the U.S. But many growers who raise those crops might not know how to break the corn and soy cycle to include cover crops.
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Breaking Through to the ‘Root’ Cause of Compacted Soil

Soil compaction can limit yields, cause flooding and runoff and limit nutrient uptake in plants. But breaking up compacted soils with iron is not the answer, according to soil health consultant Jim Hoorman — biology is.
Soggy fields and heavy grain carts are a common combination in fall, and can lead to deeply rutted and compacted fields. And it’s no joke. Soil compaction can reduce yields by up to 60% and it’s been shown to persist for up to 9 years, according to Jim Hoorman.
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NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

How Intensive Nitrogen Use Is Browning The Green Revolution - Richard Mulvaney - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download


Richard Mulvaney says the use of synthetic nitrogen for modern cereal production is assumed to build soil organic matter by increasing the input of residue carbon. However, the University of Illinois fertility specialist says this assumption is at odds with declining levels of soil carbon and nitrogen documented in long-term cropping trials. He adds these declines in soil nitrogen and carbon are occurring even when fertilizer inputs exceed grain nitrogen removal.


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