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 By Mark Watson    News    June 30, 2016

No Till Notes: Last Article

I’ve been writing the “No-till Notes” for quite some time now. It’s been long enough that I don’t really remember when I started or how many I’ve written. I’m sure some of my readers...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    June 23, 2016

No Till Notes: Managing Water

One of the great attributes of a no till farming system is the ability this type of crop production system provides to manage water. In previous articles I have written about no till farming and...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    June 16, 2016

No Till Notes: No-till On The Plains Field Day

No-till On the Plains will be hosting a whirlwind field day on June 23, 2016 beginning at 8 a.m. The field day site is Watson Brother’s farm located at 1561 County Road 61, Alliance, Nebraska. 69301...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    June 9, 2016

No Till Notes: Harvesting water, Pt. 3

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve shown some of Dietrich Kasten’s water use efficiencies for different crop rotations common in his area of Kansas. The water use efficiencies ranged from 33...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    June 2, 2016

No Till Notes: Harvesting water, Pt. 2

Last week I introduced some of Dietrich Kasten’s water use efficiency data he presented at a past year’s winter conference. Dietrich had a water use efficiency rating of 33 percent for a winter...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    May 26, 2016

No Till Notes: Harvesting water

“I am a farmer. I take sunlight, water and carbon dioxide and make them into products that I can sell.” Dr. Dwayne Beck made this statement at a recent No-Till winter conference sponsored by the...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    May 19, 2016

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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    May 12, 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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    May 5, 2016

No Till Notes: "7,000,000,000"

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

 
 By Mark Watson    News    April 28, 2016

No Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 6

We found out this spring how important continually adding carbon into our soil is here in this region. With our somewhat low organic matter content soil we really need to continually grow high...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    April 21, 2016

No Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 5

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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    April 14, 2016

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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    April 7, 2016

No Till Notes: 10 tips, Part 3

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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    March 31, 2016

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 fo...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    March 24, 2016

No Till Notes: 10 tips for successful no-till production

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....

 
 By Mark Watson    News    March 17, 2016

No Till Notes: Boa building wealth two acres at a time

I had the great pleasure of meeting and visiting with Dr. Kofi Boa at this year’s No-till On the Plain’s winter conference. Dr. Boa has undertaken an incredibly difficult and rewarding task in...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    March 10, 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....

 
 By Mark Watson    News    March 3, 2016

No Till Notes: Our Responsibility: A systems approach

The past several articles I have written have been about a systems approach we use on our farm to lower our groundwater pumping requirements and conserve water. I think a systems approach is required...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    February 25, 2016

No Till Notes: Water Conservation, Part 5

In previous articles I have visited about a systems approach we incorporate on our farm to conserve our groundwater pumping. The key components for us are managing our soil and residues so the soil ca...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    February 18, 2016

No Till Conference

The Panhandle No-Till Partnership will again be hosting our winter conference at the Gering Civic Center on Feb. 23-24. The conference will focus on the benefits of no-till crop production. Whether...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    February 11, 2016

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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    February 4, 2016

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...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    January 28, 2016

No Till Notes: Water Conservation, Part 2

In my opinion any serious discussion about water conservation has to start with the soil. If you are going to conserve irrigation water pumping, the first order of business is to make sure your soil...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    January 21, 2016

No Till Notes: Water Conservation

I’ve been busy building my power point presentations for the No till On The Plains and High Plains No till winter conferences. I’ve been asked to speak about water conservation at each of these...

 
 By Mark Watson    News    January 14, 2016

Blue Dasher Farm focuses on research

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. He is...

 

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