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  • Nov 19, 2012
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    Water Erosion: A Case for Conservation Tillage

    CSD reader Alan Adams, Sandwich, Ill., captured this video during a 2-in. rain. One field had recently been tilled using conventional methods. The runoff is visibly extensive. The neighboring field had been strip-tilled, and basically absorbed the water. While there is visible water in the headlands, it isn't silt-filled like the water in the conventionally tilled field. He also included video of silt-laden runoff mixing with clear water coming out of a culvert. The whole video sure makes a case for conservation tillage!...More
  • Aug 15, 2012
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    Corn and Soybean Digest

    Growing Cover Crops 3

    Gail Fuller is a no-till farmer near Emporia, Kan. He started using cover crops in the late 1990s, and hasn't looked back. From talking about cover crop "recipes" to successes, Fuller emphasizes that when using cover crops, you have to do what fits with your operation....More
  • Aug 3, 2012
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    Corn and Soybean Digest

    Improving Soil: Rotation and Cover Crops

    CSD Contributing Editor Larry Stalcup attended the No-Till on the Plains Points North Bus Tour (#PNT12) in South Dakota recently. He had a chance to talk to Ray Ward, who farms near Kearney, Neb., and is owner of Ward Laboratories, a soil- and plant-testing lab. Ward encourages growers to make a no-till commitment to help enhance their corn, soybean and other crop production. He says no-till can be improved by diversifying rotation and using cover crops. Ward also talks about what types of cover crops can be planted....More
  • Jun 5, 2012
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    Watered Down: Why is Water Important to YOU? 5

    We use water in some form every day. To bathe, to drink, to play, not to mention grow crops. Being involved in agriculture, we know clean water is of utmost importance, and that farmers are certainly doing their part to keep ground water clean....More
  • May 29, 2012
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    Corn and Soybean Digest

    Conservation Tillage

    Dave Legvold and Mike Peterson farm outside of Northfield, MN. Both farmers have switched from conventional tillage programs to conservation tillage using a zone-till method, allowing fewer passes as well as nutrient savings. Using zone-till also saves soil, a key to farming land with thin topsoil....More
  • May 29, 2012
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    Corn and Soybean Digest

    Conservation with the Soil Warrior

    Dave Legvold and Mike Peterson share an implement called the Soil Warrior. The zone-tillage machine allows the farmers to prepare a seedbed and fertilize in one pass. Using a CSP contract, Legvold was able to purchase the machine outright. Even without the CSP program, Peterson says using the implement would pay for itself in five years with savings in soil, fuel, nutrients, etc....More
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