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[Podcast] Guy Swanson and the Yielder Drill

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, <em>No-Till Farmer</em> editor Frank Lessiter talks Guy Swanson, who, along with his father, Mort, developed the Yielder drill, nicknamed “Old Yeller” which helped producers in the Palouse area no-till crops on steep slopes.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Guy Swanson, who, along with his father, Mort, developed the Yielder drill, nicknamed “Old Yeller,” which helped producers no-till crops on the steep slopes of the Palouse area.
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Scout for Grasshoppers when Planting Winter Wheat

The abundant rainfall and resulting vegetation during 2019 has provided grasshoppers with more food than normal. And while it's possible that grasshoppers are still content feeding in non-crop areas, it's important to scout emerging winter wheat for feeding injury, according to South Dakota State University.
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How Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Sense Iron

In many nitrogen-fixing bacteria, a protein called RirA plays a key role in regulating iron by sensing high levels of the metal and shutting down the production of proteins that bring in more iron. RirA contains a cluster of four iron and four sulfur atoms, which acts as a sensor for iron availability. But until now, exactly how this cluster structure detects iron levels in a cell was unclear, says the University of East Anglia.
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Report Analyzes Farm Bill Impact on Soil Health

The Soil Health Institute and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition have released a report serving as a comprehensive review of each new provision and its role in advancing soil health. The report also compares funding for soil health in the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills.
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[Podcast] Combatting Compaction with No-Till and Cover Crops

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Midwest Bio-Tech, we're joined by NRCS soil health specialist Jim Hoorman who explains how improving soil structure with no-till and cover crops can help alleviate compaction problems.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Midwest Bio-Tech, we're joined by NRCS soil health specialist Jim Hoorman who explains how improving soil structure with no-till and cover crops can help alleviate compaction problems.
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How a Robot May Show Us Why Soils are Disappearing

A six-legged robot that can climb hills and plod its way across open deserts, collecting data in all kinds of weather, is helping a USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and his colleagues better understand wind erosion, which is a threat to the western U.S. rangelands that beef producers depend on for grazing.
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