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October 2020

Volume: 49
Edition: 10

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    So How Much is No-Till Worth? Calculating the Value of No-Till in Land Rental, Sales

    Land appraisals don’t take management practices into account, but they should, says Paul Overby. The no-tiller and student of sustainability practices is on a quest to get the benefits of no-till and cover crops hard-coded into the appraisal system.
    As a No-Tiller, do you know how much value — if any — no-till practices bring to your land? In terms of actual dollars, what is the value of increasing soil organic matter, improving water infiltration or installing drain tile? And are these factors top of mind when purchasing or renting land?
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    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    Adding Diversity and Livestock for a Stronger Bottom Line — Now and in the Future

    Playing the long game means this no-tiller’s profits may be more impressive when viewed by the decade rather than the year.
    Farmers want to see a profit. They want to see it every year and with every crop. There’s nothing wrong with that exactly, but I want to consider long term potential benefits and compounding profits as much as short-term gain when weighing management strategies.
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    Pros and Cons of 3 Cover Crop Seeding Methods

    Three growers share their experiences with different cover crop seeding methods. Find out what worked for them and why they chose their preferred methods.
    There are so many different ways to seed cover crops, it can be challenging for growers to choose which one will best suit their operation’s needs and be most effective at establishing the cover. There are pros and cons and costs to each approach, which can make it all the more difficult to figure out which one will work best for your acres.
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    Looking After England’s Soils with Covers, Direct Drilling

    Contract farmer James Alexander is using cover crops, molasses and alternative seeding methods to rebuild soils in the U.K., turning the fields he’s managing into ‘labs’ to compare the results of his efforts.
    Litchfield Farm near Enstone, in Oxfordshire (owned by Nicola and Kevin Knott) is one of four farms I contract farm. Of a total of 1,500 acres, this one is 800 acres. Litchfield is an organic arable farm while the others are ‘conventional.’
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    No-Tilling Organic Soybeans with Spring-Interseeded Cereal Rye

    More and more growers are experimenting with no-tilling organic soybeans. New research shows interseeding cereal rye in spring can improve weed suppression, but timing, row spacing and good stand establishment play a critical role.
    In the face of marketplace pressures and mounting instances of herbicide-resistant weeds, a growing cadre of growers are turning to no-till organic soybeans.
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    4 Takeaways from the 7th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference

    The virtual event assembled a diverse group of strip-till experts sharing experience-based advice on cover crop integration, custom strip-till economics and high-yielding corn tips.
    The 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference (NSTC), held August 6-8, may have looked a little different than previous years’ events. But the idea-sharing and diversity of topics discussed during general sessions, classroom presentations and live roundtables embodied the annual experience attendees have come to expect. Here are 4 highlights from this year’s event.
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    What I've Learned from No-Tilling

    Adding Diversity and Livestock for a Stronger Bottom Line — Now and in the Future

    Playing the long game means this no-tiller’s profits may be more impressive when viewed by the decade rather than the year.
    Farmers want to see a profit. They want to see it every year and with every crop. There’s nothing wrong with that exactly, but I want to consider long term potential benefits and compounding profits as much as short-term gain when weighing management strategies.
    Read More
    Kruger.png

    Pros and Cons of 3 Cover Crop Seeding Methods

    Three growers share their experiences with different cover crop seeding methods. Find out what worked for them and why they chose their preferred methods.
    There are so many different ways to seed cover crops, it can be challenging for growers to choose which one will best suit their operation’s needs and be most effective at establishing the cover. There are pros and cons and costs to each approach, which can make it all the more difficult to figure out which one will work best for your acres.
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