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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Timing Cover Crop Termination to Meet Your Residue Goals

Cover crops are used to address multiple resource concerns and can provide a wide range of conservation benefits including reduced soil erosion, scavenged residual soil nitrogen, weed suppression, and supplemental livestock forage. The carbon to nitrogen (C:N) ratio of the cover crop determines the durability of the cover crop residue.


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Harvesting Residue Nutrients with New Biologicals

Using a biological product to break down crop residue can speed nutrient cycling, boost soil organic matter and save wear-and-tear on tires.
We only know about 10% of soil’s bacillus-like species, beneficial microbes widely used in industry and agriculture. Yet our knowledge of their diversity and distribution patterns in the soil is still rudimentary, says Larry Fiene of Planet Earth Agronomy.
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Feed Earthworms, Improve Yields By Chopping Residue

Veteran no-tiller Marion Calmer uses earthworms to manage residue in his Alpha, Ill., no-till system.
Marion Calmer sees residue as either an asset or a liability — depending on how you manage it.  Calmer, the longtime no-tiller and ag entrepreneur from Alpha, Ill., has been conducting on-farm research since 1985 when he first started no-tilling.
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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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2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

7/28/22 7:00 am to 7/29/22 11:59 pm CST
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, IA
United States

Discover 2-days of cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies in Coralville, Iowa., July 28-29. Join the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy.

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