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Volume: 46
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    Light Tillage Not the Answer

    A few months back, Ohio State University agronomists produced a website article suggesting that no-tillers consider limited tillage. They felt numerous concerns with soil damage, weed control and disease pathogens and insects that survive on crop residue could be remedied with light tillage.
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    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    No-Till Lays Foundation for Consistent Crops, Rain or Shine

    Financial challenges pushed Mike Belan’s family into conservation practices, but the Ontario no-tiller is focusing on improving soil health to propel the farm forward.
    High interest rates were the push my dad and uncle needed to make the switch to no-till on our farm. They had long raised wheat, corn and soybeans on our generally flat Brookston clay fields that sit just 30 miles north and south, respectively of Lake Erie and Lake Huron.
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    Evening Out Emergence with a Strip-Till System

    With 3,200 acres of hilly farmland susceptible to erosion, Kody Karloff’s transition to strip-till has helped create a flexible planting window and more consistent early-season crop health.
    When Kody Karloff transitioned from no-till to strip-till 2 years ago, he hoped the move would minimize early-season inconsistencies with corn and soybean emergence. Farming 3,200 acres of rolling hills and sloping ground in Yutan, Neb., one of the challenges Karloff encountered during 15 years of no-till was finding an ideal intersection between his planting window and field conditions.
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    Seed Firmer Reads Organic Matter While You Plant

    Precision Planting’s SmartFirmer combines seed firming with a high-resolution sensor to create soil maps on the go and variable-rate populations and hybrids based on organic matter.
    No Tillers know that the success of their season relies primarily on that moment when the seed meets the soil. A planting trip that results in a strong, even emergence across the field sets the stage for higher yields come harvest.
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    Early Control Key to Stopping Foxtail

    A basic plan with pre-emergent herbicides should be enough to keep giant foxtail from dinging yields.
    Foxtail is a prevalent foe in the northern and eastern Corn Belt, reported by the Weed Science Society of America as the fifth most common weed dealt with by farmers, although it’s not ranked among the most troublesome.
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    Early Control Key to Stopping Foxtail

    A basic plan with pre-emergent herbicides should be enough to keep giant foxtail from dinging yields.
    Foxtail is a prevalent foe in the northern and eastern Corn Belt, reported by the Weed Science Society of America as the fifth most common weed dealt with by farmers, although it’s not ranked among the most troublesome.
    Read More
    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    No-Till Lays Foundation for Consistent Crops, Rain or Shine

    Financial challenges pushed Mike Belan’s family into conservation practices, but the Ontario no-tiller is focusing on improving soil health to propel the farm forward.
    High interest rates were the push my dad and uncle needed to make the switch to no-till on our farm. They had long raised wheat, corn and soybeans on our generally flat Brookston clay fields that sit just 30 miles north and south, respectively of Lake Erie and Lake Huron.
    Read More
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