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August 2021: Conservation Tillage Guide

Volume: 50
Edition: 8

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    Frank Lessiter, No-Till Farmer Editor
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    No-Tilling Adds $112 Per Acre in Environmental Value for the Non-Farm Public

    While many of our readers certainly recognize the positive impact no-till has on their farm’s profitability, most haven’t recognized the environmentally-friendly value it also brings to America’s non-farm population. By combining the extra cropping value enjoyed by growers with the climate-friendly environmental benefits of this practice, it’s apparent to me that we’ve been underselling the overall worth of no-till.
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    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    Moving From Fertile Farm Ground to Potentially Greener Pastures

    Constricted by expensive Shenandoah Valley farmland, long-time no-tiller Anthony Beery relocated, and put his no-till know-how to work, tackling more marginal acres.

    The Shenandoah Valley is to a farming community what Manhattan is to a suburban community. Densely populated, rent is astronomical and buying property requires significant bank roll.


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    25 Critical Questions to Ask Before Signing a Carbon Contract

    With many unknowns and uncertainties in the carbon markets, make sure you fully understand every aspect of a proposed contract.
    Before signing a carbon sequestration contract, you’ll need to fully understand all of the specific terms, conditions, requirements, data ownership and penalties covered in the document’s fine print. 


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    Precision Irrigation and Grain Storage Boost Yields, ROI

    Western Alabama’s Dee River Ranch sees positive return on its no-till investment with the adoption of technologically-advanced irrigation and grain storage systems.
    Precision irrigation and storage technology plays a big part in the economic sustainability of Dee River Ranch near Aliceville in western Alabama. 


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    2nd Annual Cover Crop Benchmark Study

    No-Tillers Continuing Their Cover Crop Investment

    Cover Crop Strategies’ exclusive benchmark study finds more growers dedicated to covers, reducing conventional tillage.
    In the 2nd Annual Cover Crop Benchmark Study published by Cover Crop Strategies, editors found that growers have remained relatively consistent in the management practices, motivations, challenges and expenses of their cover crop programs. 


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    How the Rhizophagy Cycle Could Boost No-Till Profits

    Simply put, complex microbial processes in the soil do a more efficient, effective job providing nutrients to plants and can help no-tillers reduce inputs, says John Kempf.
    Nitrogen management is one of the most important tasks no-tillers face each growing season, due to both the expense and the nutrient’s importance to plant growth. 


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    8th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

    Targeted Tillage and Nutrient Placement Bring Younger Farmers to Strip-Till

    With favorable weather across much of the U.S. in fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, strip-tillers returned to more fall berm-building routines and focused on targeted nutrient management.
    Results of the 8th annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study suggest a “return to normal” for many strip-tillers whose fall berm-building plans were disrupted by wet weather in 2019.  


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    Strip-Till Innovator Awards

    Seeding Strip-Till Sustainability Through Efficiency, Precision

    Combining targeted nutrient management with precision technology and the power of living roots, strip-tiller Ben Pederson is implementing regenerative practices from the ground up.
    Fostering an ethic of land stewardship while operating a profitable, efficient farming operation is a compelling mission, and one Ben Pederson has been following for the past decade. 


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    Positive Disruptors: New Tech for Defeating No-Till Pests

    Insect, weed and fungal pests cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars every year. But new technologies and multiple modes of action are offering new hope to growers faced with increasing pesticide resistance.
    Through natural selection, insects and other pests continue to thwart efforts to control them, developing resistance to sprays, seed treatments and even plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs).


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    No-Till Roundtable: What has turned out to be your best cover crop seeding method to date, and why?

    A: I think drilling might be the best way. But we went to seeding with a 45-foot Phillips harrow with a Valmar air seeder mounted to it. This allows me to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, as seeding cover crops successfully is all about timing. Plus, there isn’t as much wear and tear as on a grain drill. 


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    Frank Lessiter, No-Till Farmer Editor
    Frank Comments

    No-Tilling Adds $112 Per Acre in Environmental Value for the Non-Farm Public

    While many of our readers certainly recognize the positive impact no-till has on their farm’s profitability, most haven’t recognized the environmentally-friendly value it also brings to America’s non-farm population. By combining the extra cropping value enjoyed by growers with the climate-friendly environmental benefits of this practice, it’s apparent to me that we’ve been underselling the overall worth of no-till.
    Read More
    Logan-and-Anthony-Beery.jpg
    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    Moving From Fertile Farm Ground to Potentially Greener Pastures

    Constricted by expensive Shenandoah Valley farmland, long-time no-tiller Anthony Beery relocated, and put his no-till know-how to work, tackling more marginal acres.

    The Shenandoah Valley is to a farming community what Manhattan is to a suburban community. Densely populated, rent is astronomical and buying property requires significant bank roll.


    Read More
    Critical-Questions-to-Ask-Before-Signing-a-Carbon-Contract.jpg

    25 Critical Questions to Ask Before Signing a Carbon Contract

    With many unknowns and uncertainties in the carbon markets, make sure you fully understand every aspect of a proposed contract.
    Before signing a carbon sequestration contract, you’ll need to fully understand all of the specific terms, conditions, requirements, data ownership and penalties covered in the document’s fine print. 


    Read More
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