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Oct

2021

CropTalk: The Growing Interest in Strip-Till

October 2021

Author: Chad Kalaher

Over the past several decades, there has been growing interest by many farmers to adopt different tillage methods for reducing soil erosion, protecting valuable crop residue, conserving soil moisture, and reducing fuel consumption. While there has been successful adoption of no-till cropping systems in many areas to help accomplish several of these goals, some farmers have experienced lower yields and reduced ROI when attempting no-till practices.

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Sep

2021

CropTalk: Pattern Ag: Field Experiences

September 2021

Author: Chad Kalaher

Have you ever wondered how much profit you could add to your farm if you were able to identify yieldlimiting factors before you planted the seed? As farmers, we often deal with some of the more obvious challenges, such as poor drainage, compaction, excess moisture or lack of timely rainfall, weed control, and soil fertility or plant nutrition-related challenges.

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Mar

2019

CropTalk: Base Saturation: An Important Soil Fertility Calculation

March 2019

Author: Chad Kalaher

Many farm operations have a soil fertility testing program every 3 to 4 years. Whether you do your own soil sampling or hire a trusted professional, the soil test report can often appear as a complex dataset. A standard soil test report will usually provide values such as pH, percent organic matter (OM), phosphorus, and potassium; however, other data can be extremely valuable for a better understanding of the soil’s ability to hold and supply nutrients, as well as the soil fertility balance. See Figure 1 for an example of a complete soil test report.

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Jul

2018

PFR Report: Nitrogen x Hybrid Response

Author: Chad Kalaher

Join Beck's Field agronomist, Chad Kalaher, and PFR Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam, at Beck's Central Illinois site for this PFR Report.

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