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July 2022

Volume: 51
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    Lessiter_Frank
    Frank Comments

    More Double-Cropping Means More No-Till

    With a push by the Biden administration to expand double-cropped acres by 100% over the next 8 years, you can bet most of this anticipated increase will be no-tilled. After all, farmers have long recognized no-till makes the most economic, cost-cutting and environmental sense when double-cropping wheat and soybeans.
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    Farming Less and Doing a Better Job with No-Till

    Southern Ohio grower Ron Bolender knows the benefits of no-till, having transitioned from raising labor-intensive tobacco to no-till corn and soybeans. While he’s expanded his acreage dramatically, his current operation is much easier on him and the soil.
    Though he is  a no-tiller now, third-generation producer Ron Bolender grew up using conventional practices on the family farm, where they raised 30-50 acres of labor-intensive burley tobacco each year. “We did it all — we used to moldboard plow, disc and work the ground,” he says.
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    Zeroing in on Nitrogen Efficiency with In-Season Adjustments

    Whether using high-tech crop imagery or intuition, in-season nitrogen applications should be adjusted to the crop’s potential as well as future conditions for maximum yield and minimal risk.
    With today's sky-high nitrogen (N) prices, nobody wants to apply more N to their crops than is needed. But on the other hand, commodities are commanding a pretty penny, so leaving yield on the table is also ill-advised.
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    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    No-Till, Double-Cropping Provide Steady Results for Michigan Dairy

    Clair Armbrustmacher continues to advance his successful but somewhat solitary no-till system to include twin-row and cover crops.
    Every year I tell my friends I hope I make enough this year to farm again next year. So far, so good. Despite what’s going on in the world around us, I feel positive about my farm’s future.
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    Farming the Drought with No-Till Flexibility

    Veteran Kansas no-tiller farms around dry High Plains weather, seeking to eliminate summer fallow when possible and using conserved soil moisture to grow something on every acre throughout the season.
    Farming 25 miles southeast of Dodge City in southwestern Kansas with limited irrigation, long-time no-tiller Lance Feikert says it’s difficult to set a rotation schedule and stick with it because of rainfall variability.
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    First Planter Design from No-Till’s ‘Garden of Eden’

    Donnie Morris built 3 no-till planters to move legendary agronomist George McKibben’s no-till experiments forward in Dixon Springs, Ill.
    Morris, a mechanic and ag engineer at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (DSAC), watched first-hand as the late University of Illinois weed scientist George McKibben experimented with the no-till concept as early as the 1960s at the DSAC.
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    Auto-Steer, Field Mapping Most Popular Precision Technologies for No-Tillers

    More than half of farmers who responded to the 14th annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study plan to use auto-steer, field mapping and yield monitor data on their farms this year.
    Use of precision agriculture technology continues to increase among no-till farmers, a demographic that experts say has a strong history as early adopters of farming technology
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    A Brief History of Carbon Markets

    How global politics, market forces, environmental science and the back 40 are still colliding.
    In Europe, the carbon market overseen by the EU generated €57 billion ($59 billion) in revenue over the past 8 years, and prices paid to farmers are flirting with $100 per metric ton.
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    Ahead of the Curve

    On-the-Go Weed Control

    Driven by increasing occurrences of herbicide resistance and a push to reduce pesticide use, the companies behind today’s weed control innovations are leveraging everything from artificial intelligence to lasers to drones to target weeds where they grow.
    Folks interested in the future of agricultural weed control are spending a lot of time following the dollars being spent on precision technology and artificial intelligence (AI) as major farm equipment and chemical companies collaborate to improve the efficiency of their products.
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    Lessiter_Frank
    Frank Comments

    More Double-Cropping Means More No-Till

    With a push by the Biden administration to expand double-cropped acres by 100% over the next 8 years, you can bet most of this anticipated increase will be no-tilled. After all, farmers have long recognized no-till makes the most economic, cost-cutting and environmental sense when double-cropping wheat and soybeans.
    Read More
    soybean-nodules.jpg

    Farming Less and Doing a Better Job with No-Till

    Southern Ohio grower Ron Bolender knows the benefits of no-till, having transitioned from raising labor-intensive tobacco to no-till corn and soybeans. While he’s expanded his acreage dramatically, his current operation is much easier on him and the soil.
    Though he is  a no-tiller now, third-generation producer Ron Bolender grew up using conventional practices on the family farm, where they raised 30-50 acres of labor-intensive burley tobacco each year. “We did it all — we used to moldboard plow, disc and work the ground,” he says.
    Read More
    Clair-Armbrustmacher.jpg
    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    No-Till, Double-Cropping Provide Steady Results for Michigan Dairy

    Clair Armbrustmacher continues to advance his successful but somewhat solitary no-till system to include twin-row and cover crops.
    Every year I tell my friends I hope I make enough this year to farm again next year. So far, so good. Despite what’s going on in the world around us, I feel positive about my farm’s future.
    Read More
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