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No-Till Agriculture May Not Bring Hoped-For Boost in Global Crop Yields, Study Finds

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team that included a University of Illinois crop sciences researcher and was led by the University of California, Davis.

As the core principle of conservation agriculture, no-till has been promoted worldwide in an effort to sustainably meet global food demand. But after examining results from 610 peer-reviewed studies, the researchers found that no-till often leads to yield declines compared to conventional tillage systems, except it still shows promise for yield gains in dryland areas. Read more

Fall-applied herbicides: Which weed species should be the target?

Herbicides applied in the fall often can provide improved control of many winter annual weed species compared with similar applications made in the spring, according to a University of Illinois weed scientist. Read more

Top Five Recommended Fall Irrigation System Maintenance Tips

The growing season doesn't end with harvest. Taking care of your irrigation equipment now will prevent costly repairs and downtime next year. Give your center pivot a checkup so it will be ready to roll when planting season arrives.

To help you with post-harvest maintenance, Valley® offers its Top Five maintenance tips: Read more

How Many Acres Of Corn Are Needed In 2015?

One of the functions of crop markets is to direct planting decisions of U.S. producers. That process begins with fall seeded crops, primarily winter wheat, and continues through the following spring. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the market’s assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is complicated and continually changes. Read more

Grain Bin 101: Key Factors Encircling Grain Bin Selection

Most farmers have been through the process of purchasing a new grain bin, or have at least shopped around and scoped out prices. Each of those farmers has likely come to the realization that it’s not a small decision. Sifting through the sizes and types of bins, along with accessories and features, isn’t always cut and dry. Additionally, comparing bin to bin can be a tall order if you haven’t done your research or aren’t familiar with typical bin components or construction.

You want to be sure your final decision matches your farm’s needs and gives you the best return on investment. Here are a few key aspects to bear in mind as you go about selecting your storage system. Read more

Fertilizer 101: What is Sustainable Ag?

The world’s commitment to sustainable agriculture has deep roots. Nearly 30 years ago, the World Commission on Environment and Development issued recommendations, titled Our Common Future, to increase worldwide food production in an economically viable way, while retaining the environmental integrity of global food systems.

Sustainable ag is defined as the need to accommodate for the growing demands of global food production without compromising the earth’s finite resources on which agriculture depends. One very important trait of sustainable ag is that it encompasses a variety of social, economical and environmental factors at the same time.

Agriculture can be considered sustainable when it leads to growth in five categories: Read more

Spring Versus Fall Tillage - Which is Better for You

Questions about the timing of tillage and the difference between fall and spring tillage are being asked frequently. As the growing season comes to a conclusion and harvest is under way, this is a good time to start thinking about other fall operations such as tillage. Even though tillage may be needed in certain situations and field conditions, wellmanaged field and proper crop rotation generally may not call for tillage. Before we get into the differences between fall and spring tillage, we would like to stress a few facts that need to be considered in deciding whether or not to till.

There are two main considerations for making a tillage decision – soil conditions and management. Read more

Back When: 1940 Ford 9N

This 1940 Ford 9N was a life changer for its owners Randy and Linda Patsy of East Brady, Pennsylvania, so I wanted to share it with you.

After Randy Patsy’s first wife passed away five years ago, he met Linda who was a city girl. As their relationship grew and they started talking marriage, one stipulation that Randy had was that he would not leave the farm. He had grown up on the farm and lived there all of his life. Randy has since retired from his-long time job with the Commonwealth and currently enjoys growing and selling vegetables and sweet corn on his acreage. Read more

Farm Safety: UTV Safety Tips

Utility type vehicles are prominent pieces of equipment utilized in a variety of settings. The hauling features offered by UTVs have increased their popularity, availability, and use in work-related tasks in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Because of their hauling capabilities, they are helpful vehicles in residential and agricultural settings. UTVs are also referred to as “Side-by-Side” vehicles. Read more

Cover Story: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers - Solid Business, Rapid Growth

www.agroliquid.comBy 1983 Douglas Cook had three failed fertilizer businesses under his belt, with a fourth just starting to take off. A seed salesman who grew up on a mid-Michigan dairy, Cook had an entrepreneur’s spirit and a dogged determination to make a difference in the future of Agriculture. His son-in-law, Troy Bancroft, joined him on his fourth and what would be his final foray into the liquid fertilizer industry—and a family business was born.

Today, Bancroft’s three sons—Nick, Albert, and Gerrit—also help run Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (AgroLiquid); serving as Vice President of Operations and Organizational Planning, Marketing Department Manager, and Senior Site Operations Manager, respectively. And the job of running this family business is a big one. Read more