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Small Start, Big Success with No-Tilling

A minor victory in a small field grew to major success farmwide for Bob Kissel, as no-till practices have reduced erosion and improved soil tilth and nutrient cycling on his central Indiana operation.
Bob Kissel remembers the moment he decided to start no-tilling his crops: it was 30 years ago as he was custom harvesting a 20-acre field intensively farmed with soybeans and worked with plows every year.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: No-tilling, Cover Crops Help Tame Troublesome Soils

Abused, heavy clay soils are now almost fluffy and far more productive thanks to careful management focused on improvement.
We went from farming white sugar sand to farming the heaviest of clay soils when my family moved our farming operation from Florida to Alabama in 1989. To say the move made farming a bit different would be a drastic understatement.
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What Caught Your Eye in 2018?

These summaries show the most-viewed content for 2018 on the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> website, revealing the hunger no-tillers and strip-tillers have for more information and insights into cutting-edge agricultural practices and equipment.

With the ringing in of the New Year, the editors of No-Till Farmer took the opportunity to look back on 2018 to see what content grabbed the attention of digital readers.


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Make Covers a Forage Option for Better No-Till Profitability

Many cover crops are efficient, effective feed sources for livestock if they’re seeded properly and managed for optimum animal and soil health.
With many regions of the U.S. low on forage, demand has driven forage prices up and it’s a good time to think about opportunities for raising cover crops for that purpose, says Scott Wohltman.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Controlling Water Means Reducing Risk and Pushing Profits

Irrigation and building soil health keeps Darren Grogan’s crops in the water ‘Goldilocks’ zone for maximum production.
No-till has resulted in our area having what I would venture to say are some of the strongest capitalized farms in the country. In fact, no-till is one of the only reasons we have farming in the area at all.
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NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

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

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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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