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Making A Case For Ripping

While some readers don't feel ripping belongs in a no-till program, it works for this Iowa farmer.
No-tillers may choose not to rip their soils, but some situations make a strong case for the practice, suggests Dean Holst, who farms 1,700 acres of hilly but productive ground near LeClaire, Iowa.
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Returning To 30-Inch Rows

Growing more continuous no-till corn is forcing this veteran no-tiller to move back to wider rows.
Dean Holst, who no-tills 1,700 acres in the hilly, but productive area near LeClaire, Iowa, has made the switch back to 30-inch row corn. For several years, Holst had no-tilled in 24-inch rows.
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Ripping Success!

While many farmers claim the initial conversion to no-till will initially drop yields,this no-tiller says it can be avoided with ripping.
While there are certainly many concerns about no-tilling corn into cold and wet soils, it always seems to come back to the fear of reduced yields which keeps more farmers from giving this idea a try
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