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 By Mark Watson    Community    May 16, 2016

No-Till Notes: Herbicide resistance

A growing concern across the country is the development of herbicide resistance in weed species to glyphosphate herbicide more commonly referred to as Roundup.  This herbicide has grown in popularity in crop production since it first came on the...

 
 By Mark Watson    Community    May 9, 2016

No-Till Notes: Herbicide resistance

A growing concern across the country is the development of herbicide resistance in weed species to glyphosphate herbicide more commonly referred to as Roundup.  This herbicide has grown in popularity in crop production since it first came on the...

 
 By Mark Watson    Community    May 2, 2016

No-Till Notes: 7,000,000,000 humans

I’ve been looking through past articles I’ve written to select articles I think were important as we move forward in agricultural production. My time writing “No-till Notes” is winding down so I’m trying to select articles of importance....

 

No-Till Notes: 10 tips part 5, managing residues

I have been discussing in the past several articles important tips for continuous no-till crop production on dry land and irrigated acres. Managing residues begins at harvest with even distribution of the residues at harvest. I’m a big fan of...

 

No Till notes: '10 tips, part 4'

I’ve been discussing 10 tips for successful no till crop production and thus far I have covered choosing a good crop rotation, winter wheat as the most important crop for supplying a consistent amount of residues to make the rest of the crop...

 

No Till notes: '10 tips, part 2'

Last week I started off my 10 tips to successful no-till crop production with a discussion on crop rotations. I feel this is the most important consideration on your farm. Designing a crop rotation for you farm will affect your bottom line, weed and...

 

No Till notes: '10 Tips'

My time writing no till notes will be coming to an end in the near future, so I’m sharing with you some of what I consider to be the most important aspects of no till crop production in our area. The Panhandle No Till Partnership will continue to...

 

No Till notes: 'Dr. Kofi Boa'

I had the great pleasure of meeting and visiting with Dr. Kofi Boa at this year’s No-till On the Plains winter conference. Dr. Boa has undertaken an incredibly difficult and rewarding task in his homeland of Ghana, Africa. Dr. Boa is building soil...

 
 By Mark Watson    Community    March 7, 2016

No Till notes: 'Fortunate'

Over the past four weeks I have had the good fortune to travel to four regional conservation agriculture meetings. These meetings are all billed as no-till meetings in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. What we have learned over the years is that...

 

No Till notes: 'Water Conservation, Part 4'

As I mentioned in previous articles we view water conservation on our farm as a systems approach to saving water. Thus far I have talked about utilizing no-till crop production techniques to minimize soil disturbance and adopting a dynamic crop...

 

No Till notes: 'Water Conservation, Part 3'

Water conservation in irrigated crop production has to be viewed as a systems approach to conserving water. As I stated in previous articles I think water conservation starts with improving the performance of the soil. Another key component to a...

 

No Till notes: 'Blue Dasher Farm'

Many of you may remember Dr. Jonathon Lundgren, a former entomologist with USDA-ARS in Brookings, S.D. Dr. Lundgren spoke at our Panhandle No Till Partnership winter conference a few years ago. Dr. Lundgren is a very enthusiastic and dedicated...

 

No Till notes: 'Educational events'

I would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year! I thought I would inform everyone on some upcoming regional conservation agricultural events that I’m sure will provide excellent educational opportunities to producers. I have bee...

 

No Till notes: 'Giving'

I’ve met a lot of really interesting and enjoyable people through my travels and involvement with conservation agriculture and continuous no till crop production. Two of my favorites are Brian and Keith Burns. Brian and Keith took it upon...

 

No Till notes: 'Merry Christmas!'

I would like to start by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is surrounded by family and friends to share in the holiday season together. This is a truly wonderful time of the year! There is an educational opportunity for...

 

No Till notes: '20-plus years of education'

In the past, I’ve spoken at No-till On the Plains and the High Plains No-till Conference and been asked to cover looking back at our history of no-till crop production and the evolution of my no-till farming experience during this time. My sister,...

 

No Till notes: 'Power of Legumes, Part 4'

Last week I visited about the results of the biological tests we ran on our winter wheat stubble, which showed very low microbial activity. The winter wheat sample had a total microbial biomass number of only 1,248.84. This low result would be...

 

No Till notes: 'Power of Legumes, part 3'

On our farm we sampled five fields for biological activity this fall. We waited to sample the fields until the middle of September. The reason we waited was to get some rain so we could get our probe in the ground. We also figured moisture may...

 

No Till notes: 'Power of Legumes, part 2'

Modern day agricultural producers are constantly striving to lower production costs and improve their stewardship of the land. Many producers have adopted conservation agricultural systems as a means to lower production costs and improve the health...

 

No Till notes: 'Power of Legumes'

As you look back through agriculture there have been some real turning points. Agriculture saw the first real leap into production agriculture in our country with the Industrial Age when mechanized agriculture really changed the face of our country....

 

No Till notes: 'Nice fall weather'

I want to start by thanking everyone for their well wishes following my knee replacement surgery. Everything went well with the surgery and I’m now going through the physical therapy getting a full range of motion back in the knee. I have always...

 

No Till notes: 'We're leaking'

Dr. Dwayne Beck from the Dakota Lakes Research farm near Pierre, S.D. will be presenting at the upcoming PNTP Winter Conference, Feb. 23-24, 2015, at the Gering Civic Center. He often begins to engage his audiences by asking the producers in...

 

No Till notes: 'Perception'

Our way of life in agriculture across the breadbasket of America is being threatened by special interest groups who disagree with how we conduct our business. These special interest groups disagree with how we produce the food which feeds the world....

 

No till notes: '7,000,000,000-plus and counting on our planet'

The United Nations estimates that the world population has now surpassed 7.3 billion humans living on our planet. It took 123 years, from 1804 to 1927, to go from a population of 1 billion to 2 billion people on our planet.  The United Nations estim...

 

No till notes: 'Managing your bucket'

One of the best visualizations I’ve heard for managing your soil moisture and the precipitation you receive is to compare your soil’s moisture holding capacity to a bucket. The size of your bucket depends on the soil texture, organic matter...

 

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