Residue Management

Residue Management
Valuable how-to tips and information about managing tough no-till residue in all types of climates and conditions, whether it’s stalks, stems, chaff or straw.

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Top 10 Lessons about Soil Fertility

Doug Miller, vice president of Midwest Bio-Tech, discusses 10 lessons he has learned about the interaction of soil fertility and microbial activity over 40 years.
Certain lessons about microbiology can only be learned under unusual conditions, says Doug Miller. The vice president of Midwest Bio-Tech, founded in 1981, shared some of these lessons, learned over the past 4 decades, in a recent webinar hosted on www.No-TillFarmer.com.
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No-Till’s Best Innovators and Legends Share Their Failures and Successes

No-till experts provide valuable insight during special Q&A session at the National No-Tillage Conference.
The No-Till Innovators program has recognized more than 100 farmers, businesses and organizations who have made a major impact on the growth of no-till over the years. Five members of the distinguished group shared the ups and downs from their journey during a panel discussion at the 2022 National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville, Ky.
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Ideas Abound at 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

The 9th annual event highlighted new strategies to improve yields, manage nutrients, alleviate compaction and more.
From practical advice on alleviating compaction to conflicting views on soil health to a former NASA engineer’s new yield-boosting technology, the 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference sent attendees home with many new ideas to try on their operations — and a lot to talk about at the coffee shop.
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Conservation Ag Operator Fellowship

No-Till Trials Zero in on Hybrids, Fertilizer Applications

Getting peak performance in a no-till system goes beyond having the right planter. Sparta, Wis., no-tiller Jim Leverich uses extensive on-farm trials to select the best genetics and fertilizer program for optimum yield potential on his ground.
Sparta, Wis., home to Jim Leverich, No-Till Farmer’s 2022 Conservation Ag Operator Fellow, is not far from the beautiful sandstone bluffs of the Mississippi River. Hugging the west-central part of the state, Leverich’s farm features a range of soils from sandy loam to heavier clay loam soils.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No More ‘More-On’ Farming

Synthetics are out on this North Dakota farm. Stimulating the soil biome to produce hundreds of thousands of dollars of inputs is in.
Efficiency drove our shift to no-till in 1999. The practice meant less fuel, fewer tractor passes and reduced man hours. For all other aspects of our operation, though, it was more, more, more.
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No-Till and The American Kestrel

No-till is usually touted for its soil health benefits and how it reduces erosion and improves workload. But since switching to no-till, this Wisconsin dairy operation is seeing that the practices of keeping the soil covered and boosting biological diversity is having a positive affect on the local kestrel population as well.
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Scenes from the Palouse

Back in 2010, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter and his son, Mike, traveled to the Palouse area of eastern Washington to visit John Aeschliman, who’s been successfully no-tilling in the region for more than 40 years. Named one of the 25 No-Till Living Legends, no-till has allowed Aeschliman to successfully farm in an area that receives as little as 12 inches annual moisture and has slopes as steep as 60%.

Click on the articles below to learn more about Aeschliman’s operation.

No-Till Works Under Tough Conditions

What I’ve Learned from No-Tilling: Do More With Less!

 

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NNTC16 Audio Presentations

How to Manage Corn Residue While Keeping it From Leaving Your Fields - Marion Calmer - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Managing corn residue without it leaving your no-till fields is becoming a challenging task from the time of fall harvest to next year’s crop canopy. Because managing corn residue starts at harvest, in this presentation Marion Calmer discusses the mechanical impact that chopping corn heads, different styles of stalk rolls, stubble stompers and vertical tillage have on planting down pressure, clean seed trenches and how residue flows through planters. The western Illinois no-tiller also reviews the pros and cons of sizing corn residue, along with the economic impact it has on soil temperatures, soil moisture, earthworm populations, nutrient release, nitrogen tie-up and, ultimately, yield response.

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9 Ways to Effectively Manage No-Till Residue

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NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

Combine Settings To Manage No-Till Residue, Harvest Top Yields - Marion Calmer - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Marion Calmer takes corn harvest seriously. The no-tiller from Alpha, Ill., knows a properly adjusted combine will allow him to harvest every kernel possible, but he needs to process residue so he can no-till next year’s crop with limited interference from last year’s trash.

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NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

How To Manage The Breakdown Of Crop Residue - Doug Miller - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Undecayed corn stalks and other plant residue can lead to disease and insect infestations, soils slow to warm in the spring, volunteer corn and challenges for planting equipment and seedling emergence. And while residue provides protection to soils, it’s a source of valuable nutrients to the following crop when released properly.

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