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    Canadian No-Tillers Penalized

    SASKATCHEWAN NO-TILLERS certainly aren’t in a cheerful mood these days when it comes to carbon sequestration. It’s because they recently learned growers who use minimal tillage or low-soil disturbance cropping systems could be shut out of the potentially lucrative Canadian market for carbon credit offsets.


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    Growing Cattle to Feed Crops with Interseeding, Rotational Grazing

    Integrating rotational grazing into a system that features interseeded cover crops and pasture has put this Wisconsin grain and cattle operation on a solid path to profitability.

    TURNING A PROFIT on a small family farm these days requires flexibility and the willingness to think outside the box. For Jeff Gaska, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 450 acres in Columbus, Wis., diversification is key. 


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    What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Precision is Paramount in Push for No-Till Perfection

    Producing high quality, non-GMO crops for the bourbon industry in a challenging topography takes skill and technology.

    I look forward to someday sitting on my porch drinking a glass of bourbon made from corn and rye grown on my farm and smoking a cigar made entirely from tobacco I produced. To get there, I need to deliver near-perfect grains and leaves in an area that not so long ago was considered unfit for row crops.


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    Out-Competing Weeds with Cover Crops

    Target species, moisture levels and your geographic area are all factors involved in using cover crops to keep weeds at bay.

    Cover crops offer multiple mechanisms for helping to suppress weeds in a cropping system, from out-competing weeds to allelopathy. 


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    Online Tools for Making Better Cover Crop Decisions

    New selection tools and ‘recipes’ help growers simplify the decision-making process and fine tune a cover crop mix that is tailored for their location, crop rotation and goals.

    Several online resources are now available that can help make the cover crop decision-making process a little easier.


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    5 On-Farm Studies Help No-Tiller Measure Profitability and Calculate ROI

    No-till veteran Marion Calmer explains how on-farm research has helped him determine the best row spacings, seeding populations, fertility and residue management programs for maximum profitability.

    When Marion Calmer bought his first farm back in the 1980s, a quote attributed to British mathematician Lord Kelvin was top of mind: “We can’t improve on things we don’t measure or research.”


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    Boosting Soil Health Across the Pond with No-Till, Covers, Intensive Grazing

    Three U.K. growers use a variety of practices to improve the tilth and productivity of highly variable soils, manage soil moisture and hike the output of their pastures.

    Direct Driller magazine has been hosting a Soil Farmer of the Year competition for the last 5 years. The goal is to find, promote and champion farmers putting soil health at the center of their farm business management. 


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    Unearthing Soil Microbe Facts and Fallacies

    When it comes to the invisible realm of soil organisms, it can be a challenge to separate fact from fiction. A horticultural scientist sheds some light on common myths about soil biology.

    Though Scientists have been studying soil for decades, the microscopic nature of fungi, bacteria and nematodes has veiled the important role they play in agriculture. But new tools are emerging all the time to uncover what’s going on in the soil.


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    5 Easy Steps to Calibrating Your No-Till Drill

    An important but often overlooked step in seeding, drill calibration is easy to accomplish and can prevent wasted seed, lost time and frustration.

    One of the biggest challenges with any crop is getting it established. 

    While the most impactful factors that affect success are probably weather, planting conditions and growing season, certified forage consultant Brendon Blank of Ixonia, Wis., says seeding at the right rate is also important for success and can be difficult with a drill. 


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    Lessiter_Frank

    Canadian No-Tillers Penalized

    SASKATCHEWAN NO-TILLERS certainly aren’t in a cheerful mood these days when it comes to carbon sequestration. It’s because they recently learned growers who use minimal tillage or low-soil disturbance cropping systems could be shut out of the potentially lucrative Canadian market for carbon credit offsets.


    Read More
    024_Gaska_JG_0321.jpg

    Growing Cattle to Feed Crops with Interseeding, Rotational Grazing

    Integrating rotational grazing into a system that features interseeded cover crops and pasture has put this Wisconsin grain and cattle operation on a solid path to profitability.

    TURNING A PROFIT on a small family farm these days requires flexibility and the willingness to think outside the box. For Jeff Gaska, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 450 acres in Columbus, Wis., diversification is key. 


    Read More
    sprayer-1.jpg

    What I've Learned from No-Tilling: Precision is Paramount in Push for No-Till Perfection

    Producing high quality, non-GMO crops for the bourbon industry in a challenging topography takes skill and technology.

    I look forward to someday sitting on my porch drinking a glass of bourbon made from corn and rye grown on my farm and smoking a cigar made entirely from tobacco I produced. To get there, I need to deliver near-perfect grains and leaves in an area that not so long ago was considered unfit for row crops.


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