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Decoding C:N Ratios to Unlock Fertilizer Savings

The use of the right cover crops over an extended period can provide optimum soil C:N ratios for a thriving biological population and can significantly lower nutrient inputs over time.
Long-time cover-crop consultant Steve Groff says many growers are missing management opportunities in their lack of understanding the relationship of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in the soil and in field residue.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Balancing Nutrients Restores Soils While Raising No-Till Yields

Cover cropping every acre, along with several applications of nitrogen and manure, allow Steve Berger to protect his land and raise healthy crops.
Location, location, location. That’s honestly one of the reasons I’ve been successful in no-till over the years. I’m not talking about the land, though — it’s the people I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by.
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Breaking Down Residue Starts With Healthy No-Till Soils

No-tillers who create conditions that support active soil microbial activity have fewer headaches with residue decomposition and nutrient availability after harvest.
For many no-tillers, it’s difficult enough to get crops planted and harvested on time each year. But after harvest, there’s often another battle — managing residue in such a way that it’s an asset to their rotation, rather than a liability.
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Undercover With Cover Crops

Cover crops work from top to root tip to bring physical, chemical and biological benefits to a productive no-till system.
When left to her own devices, Mother Nature makes sure there is something living and growing in the soil at all times.
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Tackling No-Till Wheat And Corn Rotation Concerns

Some no-tillers say to forget about no-tilling corn after wheat. Others have good ideas on making it work while others suggest moving to longer no-till rotations and growing other crops.
Selecting a proper crop rotation is critical for no-till success. When choosing a crop sequence, you must consider toxicity, climate, weed control, soil moisture, nutrient cycling concerns and many other critical factors.
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