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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No-Till Builds Soil?

This is a nicely done article in No-till Farmer about Iowa farmers who use no-till.  It discusses the advantages of using less fuel and other inputs, conserving Nitrogen, and reducing erosion. Some of the disadvantages I think need to be worked on include the yield lag. Some soils may not be suited to No-till rippers and vertical tillage, but some people I work with use those things to erase the yield lag. Some researchers say that No-till does not really build up the soil, it just degrades it at a lower rate.

I think No-till is here to stay and some very successful farmers are using it.

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