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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Unlocking the Yield Potential of No-Tilled Corn

No-tiller Darren Grumbine has logged 300-bushel-per-acre corn by taking care of the soil and managing nutrients efficiently and responsibly.
Darren Grumbine is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to maximize yield production on his no-till operation, whether that means tweaking equipment or casting a critical on eye on long-held assumptions about nutrient and disease management.
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Top Content on No-TillFarmer.com in 2019

Take a look back at the trends and hot topics that shaped the No-Till Farmer website during 2019.
As we ring in the New Year, we take a look back at the year that came before and reflect on all that’s happened. 2019 was a tough year for a lot of farmers, with parts of the country experiencing severe flooding and high levels of precipitation.
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No, No, No... ‘He Chisel Plowed My 30-Year No-Tilled Ground’

It may take 6 years to return this long-term no-tilled ground to the superior soil quality it enjoyed before this tillage fiasco took place.
In November of 2017, a long-time Corn Belt no-tiller came upon a shocking scene: One of his no-till fields was being chisel plowed by a misinformed tractor driver, working for a multi-thousand acre operator who thought the field was among some of his newly rented ground.
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Corn Residue Breakdown as Affected by Tillage and N Application

There is a common belief among many farmers and agronomists that tillage can accelerate residue breakdown. Likewise, there is the belief that the application of nitrogen fertilizer on crop residue after harvest can speed up the process of residue breakdown. Neither assertion is true, say researchers at Iowa State University.
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6 Planter Setups for Tough No-Till Conditions

Growers in central Pennsylvania share how they tweaked their planting units to optimize corn stands while still getting cover crops into their rotations.
Soil conditions in Pennsylvania can vary as much as the terrain, from sandy or clay loam to rocks and knobs of shale — presenting a potential nightmare for no-tillers trying to achieve consistent stands and protect yield potential.
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Tips for Verifying Combine Adjustments During Crop Harvest

Taking time to verify combine adjustments made in the shop match with the field conditions may seem time consuming but can minimize harvest loss as well as profit loss. This article from Iowa State University Extension discusses how to evaluate for pre-harvest loss and losses during harvest, and the types of in-field adjustments that can be made to minimize harvest losses.
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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

$19.95

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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Residue Report

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

$19.95

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

$19.95

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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EVENTS

Live

Sumner County Soil Health Day

2/26/20
Raymond Frye Building
320 N Jefferson
Wellington, KS
United States
Contact: Laura Young
Get ready to embrace more soil health learning with experts including Liz Haney, Anita Dille and Dale Younker. Read More

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National Cover Crop Summit

3/18/20
online
United States
Contact: Julia Gerlach
Requiring no travel expense or time away from the office or farm, participate from the comfort of your own office through a series of online presentation videos delivering practical tips and information on managing cover crops to improve soil health, protect the environment and enhance on-farm profitability. Read More

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