Indiana: Soil Compaction – The “Gift” That Keeps on Giving

🕔May 17, 2019Soils in Indiana have been too wet for field work almost since last fall. What I mean by “too wet” is so wet that the soils would not even support […]

Michigan: Preventing Sidewall Compaction in Wet Spring

🕔May 17, 2019The planting delays and wet soil conditions will increase the potential for sidewall compaction to occur this spring. Sidewall compaction includes all soil compaction and soil smearing in and around […]

Cover Crop Planting Increased by 5 million Acres

🕔Apr 16, 2019Last week USDA released the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The previous 2012 Census was the first one to include a question about cover crops. While the 2012 Census […]

Pennsylvania: Soil Compaction Threat Is High This Spring

🕔Apr 12, 2019On Monday the week of April 9, 2019, we were trying to create compaction using a 36-ton manure truck for a demonstration in preparation for Penn State’s Diagnostic Field Clinic […]

Soybeans: Mustard Cover Crop – Natural Barrier to Charcoal Rot?

🕔Apr 5, 2019Kansas State University researchers have received national recognition for a study showing that planting a mustard cover crop helps to improve soil health and, ultimately, boosts soybean yields. Their work, […]

Midwest: After Floods, What Can You Do to Keep Soils Healthy?

🕔Mar 26, 2019Farmland in Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska is experiencing flooding issues. Planting in these areas may be delayed or may not be planted to any crop in 2019. This […]

Cover Crops: Why Plant Them? What’s Your Goal? – DTN

🕔Mar 13, 2019Cover croppers face a chicken-egg conundrum of decisions. What seed to plant in the fall often means selecting it in the spring, long before destroying the previous year’s planting, for […]

Iowa Corn, Soybeans: Missed Fall Tillage? Save Money with No-Till.

🕔Mar 4, 2019The fall of 2018 was challenging for most farmers. It started with rainfall beginning in early September as the corn and soybean crop was maturing. While a good portion of […]

Iowa: 9 Tips for Managing Wet, Cold Soils

🕔Feb 26, 2019The amount of snow we received and potential spring rain events can be challenging to an early start to the growing season. Approaching field operations for N applications, tillage, weed […]

Pennsylvania: Compacted, Rutted Fields – What Can You Do?

🕔Jan 25, 2019Most farmers in Pennsylvania are acutely aware of the negative effects of tillage on soil — such as increased potential for runoff and soil erosion, increased water evaporation, increased decomposition […]

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