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Herbicide-Resistant Weeds: What Can the U.S. Learn From Australia? No Easy Answers. – DTN

Herbicide-Resistant Weeds: What Can the U.S. Learn From Australia? No Easy Answers. – DTN

πŸ‘€By Pam Smith DTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor 🕔May 19, 2017

There have been more than a few jokes this week about the irony of weed scientists choosing Colorado as a meeting place to talk about resistance. However, no one in this audience is laughing about the global threat of weeds

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Reduced Tillage and Cover Crops Help Feed Fungi Necessary for Soil Health – DTN

Reduced Tillage and Cover Crops Help Feed Fungi Necessary for Soil Health – DTN

πŸ‘€By Dan Crummett, Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor 🕔Mar 30, 2017

A little field diplomacy can go a long way toward maintaining healthy, resilient crops — and that means taking care of billions of helping hands busy at work in the topsoil of your farm. Kristine Nichols, chief scientist at the

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Michigan: Repairing Harvest Ruts Prior to Planting Without More Compaction

Michigan: Repairing Harvest Ruts Prior to Planting Without More Compaction

πŸ‘€By Mike Staton, Michigan State University 🕔Mar 9, 2017

I’ve seen more fields with harvest ruts this year than I usually do. There were several weather-related factors that contributed to this situation. The wet spring led to planting delays, delaying crop maturity. However, the biggest factor was the green

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Soil Health: How Much Does an Acre of Soil 6 Inches Deep Weigh? – DTN

Soil Health: How Much Does an Acre of Soil 6 Inches Deep Weigh? – DTN

πŸ‘€By Daniel Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist 🕔Mar 7, 2017

When it comes to increasing soil health, we most often focus on increasing organic matter. Β  Practices that build organic matter include reducing tillage, planting more high-residue crops such as corn and wheat, rotating to sod grass crops that produce

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Virginia Peanuts: Strip Versus Conventional Till

Virginia Peanuts: Strip Versus Conventional Till

πŸ‘€By Maria Balota, Virginia Cooperative Extension 🕔Feb 23, 2017

Research at the North Carolina State University showed that peanut yields were lower when planted on fine-textured soiled in strip tillage in comparison with conventional tillage. Β  Yield reduction appeared to be associated with greater pod loss in the digging

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Louisiana: Conservation Meeting Features LSU AgCenter Projects

Louisiana: Conservation Meeting Features LSU AgCenter Projects

πŸ‘€By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter 🕔Feb 2, 2017

Several LSU AgCenter scientists discussed their work on row crop management practices at the 20th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference. The event, held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Baton Rouge, featured

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Texas Cotton: Rolling Plains Growers Recover Cover Crop Costs

Texas Cotton: Rolling Plains Growers Recover Cover Crop Costs

πŸ‘€By Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife Extension 🕔Dec 27, 2016

Adoption of cover crops in the Rolling Plains has been slow as questions persist on water use and benefits. But after compiling economic data this past year, one Texas A&M AgriLife researcher is asking producers, “Can you afford not to

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Ohio: When is it Time for a No-Till Field to be Tilled?

Ohio: When is it Time for a No-Till Field to be Tilled?

πŸ‘€By Anne Dorrance, Laura Lindsey, Peter Thomison, Andy Michel, Mark Loux 🕔Nov 22, 2016

Tillage is a tool for managing many things that can go wrong on a given field. It breaks compaction (if done at the right soil moisture), improves drainage (again if done at the right soil moisture), and manages inoculum loads

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Flint on Crops: It’s Always About the Soil

Flint on Crops: It’s Always About the Soil

πŸ‘€By Ernie Flint, Mississippi State University 🕔Nov 21, 2016

The production year has for all practical purposes passed even though there may be a little cotton still to be harvested and more modules to be ginned. One gin I visited a few days ago has enough cotton on their

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Soil Health: Reducing Tillage Improves Microbial Activity

Soil Health: Reducing Tillage Improves Microbial Activity

πŸ‘€By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Oct 4, 2016

For the past several decades, farmers have been abandoning their plows in favor of a practice known as no-till agriculture. Today, about one-third of U.S. farmers are no longer tilling their fields, and still more are practicing conservation tillage–using equipment

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