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March 2015

Volume: 44
Edition: 3

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    9-Year Rotation Curbs Weeds

    When it comes to controlling weeds in a no-till cropping system, some No-Till Farmer readers may think Randy Anderson has gone to extremes. That’s because the Agricultural Research Service agronomist has come up with a 9-year rotation that features no-till and plenty of crop diversity.


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    NNTC

    No-Tillers Build Better Practices at National No-Tillage Conference

    From using cover crops to cycle nutrients to easing compaction with precision technology, no-tillers took home a bounty of no-till tips from the 23rd annual National No-Tillage Conference.

    Nearly 1,000 No-Tillers made the trek to Cincinnati this January to listen to top-notch soil health scientists and no-till experts, network with fellow growers, and take away valuable information and insights for building better no-till practices on their operations at the National No-Tillage Conference.


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    9 No-Till Planter Tips for Accurate, Consistent Seeding

    Planter specialist Bill Lehmkuhl shares the key measurements and inspections no-tillers should perform on their no-till planters to ensure better seeding results and greater yields.

    If Bill Lehmkuhl were buying a new planter today, he’d be really nervous.

    “They all have issues when they come out of the factory,” he says. “Just because it’s brand-new doesn’t mean it’s ready to go to the field, unfortunately.”


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    Hilton

    What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Inheriting A Legacy of No-Till

    With no-till long established by an innovator of the practice, the Hilton family in Alberta is free to focus on their business and the next big things.

    Spencer: Running 10,000 acres of no-tilled hard red spring wheat, malting barley and canola in southern Alberta, Canada, is a team effort for our family. Until recently, when my parents, Gordon and Viola Hilton, exited the partnership, our farm was run by three generations.


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    Yield

    Stalk Roller Links Residue Breakdown with No-Till Benefits

    Manufacturer says by sizing corn stalks into small-but-connected pieces, the 360 Chainroll can increase microbial activity through faster residue decomposition and create a ‘virgin’ seedbed.
    Managing corn residue can be an annual challenge for no-tillers, and finding the right tools and tactics to do so effectively is essential to maximizing yield potential and nutrient uptake.
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    8 Keys to Help No-Tillers Manage Annual Ryegrass

    No-tillers just starting to use annual ryegrass should follow a few simple rules to take advantage of this cover crop’s compaction-busting, nitrogen-scavenging benefits.
    With its prolific root system and economical price tag, annual ryegrass is one of the most popular cover crops no-tillers have at their disposal. It’s also gotten a bad rap for being tough to manage, says Dan Towery.
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    Featured Articles

    Hilton

    What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Inheriting A Legacy of No-Till

    With no-till long established by an innovator of the practice, the Hilton family in Alberta is free to focus on their business and the next big things.

    Spencer: Running 10,000 acres of no-tilled hard red spring wheat, malting barley and canola in southern Alberta, Canada, is a team effort for our family. Until recently, when my parents, Gordon and Viola Hilton, exited the partnership, our farm was run by three generations.


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    field 3

    8 Keys to Help No-Tillers Manage Annual Ryegrass

    No-tillers just starting to use annual ryegrass should follow a few simple rules to take advantage of this cover crop’s compaction-busting, nitrogen-scavenging benefits.
    With its prolific root system and economical price tag, annual ryegrass is one of the most popular cover crops no-tillers have at their disposal. It’s also gotten a bad rap for being tough to manage, says Dan Towery.
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    9 No-Till Planter Tips for Accurate, Consistent Seeding

    Planter specialist Bill Lehmkuhl shares the key measurements and inspections no-tillers should perform on their no-till planters to ensure better seeding results and greater yields.

    If Bill Lehmkuhl were buying a new planter today, he’d be really nervous.

    “They all have issues when they come out of the factory,” he says. “Just because it’s brand-new doesn’t mean it’s ready to go to the field, unfortunately.”


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    Digital Edition

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    Online Extras

    Yield

    Stalk Roller Links Residue Breakdown with No-Till Benefits

    Manufacturer says by sizing corn stalks into small-but-connected pieces, the 360 Chainroll can increase microbial activity through faster residue decomposition and create a ‘virgin’ seedbed.
    Managing corn residue can be an annual challenge for no-tillers, and finding the right tools and tactics to do so effectively is essential to maximizing yield potential and nutrient uptake.
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    Protect Soil, Produce More ‘N’ with Frost Seeded Red Clover

    No-tillers raising winter wheat can use this time-honored practice to boost yields for the following crop, improve soil tilth and relieve compaction, all without hauling out a no-till planter or drill.
    When Aaron McQueen started farming 3 years ago, he wanted to seed a cover crop after winter wheat harvest to reduce erosion and increase soil tilth and soil biological activity.
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