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Cover Crops Vs. Tile: Which Is The Best?

In the spring, cover crops might serve as a less-expensive alternative to tile systems for drying out fields. But tile has its own perks, and the two systems may be best working together.
With crop prices and farm incomes at record levels, many no-tillers have been pouring substantial sums of money into improving drainage.
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Protecting Yields, Safeguarding The Environment

Frequent soil testing, timely applications and deep placement of fertilizer are some key practices for these nutrient-management stewards.
Onfarm research, equipment setups and deep placement of fertilizer are among the tools that helped three no-tillers improve their nutrient management and profitability on their farms, and also win admiration from their peers.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Father-Son Team Aims To Thrive, Not Survive

Bob Bottens and his son, Monte, combine their diverse talents to tackle water and technology challenges and turn highly erodible soils into productive no-till fields.
Monte: ‘Moonlight Farmer’ was my dad’s radio handle at the Case IH dealership in Cambridge, Ill., where he worked as a diesel mechanic. He farmed about 80 acres when he wasn't at his day job.
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More Onfarm Research Needed

Research conducted on your own farm can unlock more secrets that can lead to increased no-till profitability. But taking on such a project this spring will require some last-minute planning and commitment.
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