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ISSUE DATE: 06/04/2012

Cover crops, livestock assist no-till

By Larry Dreiling

One of the tenets of no-till farm practices has always been to let the farm work for the producer, rather than have the producer work the farm.

Gabe Brown, Bismarck, N.D., is one of those producers who have decided to use what he calls the "biological horsepower" of no-till to take his farm to higher profitability.

Since taking up no-till in 1994, Brown has become recognized as a major booster of the practice to anyone who will listen to him, even a group as diverse as the Natural Resources Defense Council, which named him this year's recipient of a Growing Green Award. Brown spoke at the No-till on the Plains winter conference earlier this year, one of many events he's been invited to address.

Brown is primarily a "black and red hybrid" cow-calf producer, yet he uses cover crops in no-till on his 2,000-acre operation in order to improve the health of his soils to increase organic matter while enabling him to reduce his input costs, including a 90 percent reduction in fertilizer costs and a 50 percent cut in herbicide costs.

"It's about healthy profits from healthy soils. It seems like all we in farming ever do is write checks.


NEWS

AgChat to host Agvocacy 2.0 social media training
Golf classic raises $11,000 for legal foundation
Kansas receives federal disaster declaration
Preparing for storms in rural areas
Priming the pump: Volatility
USPS will not close rural post offices

CROPS

AgriLife Research develops black sorghum line
Checkoff invites farmers to help tell sustainability story
Colorado Wheat Field Days scheduled
Cover crops, livestock assist no-till
Custom farmers must license as a 'commercial pesticide applicator'
Extension hosts drought management workshop
Field day suggests options for varieties, disease pressure
Gardner Wheat Tour set for May 29
Golf carts are approved transportation at 3i Show
Golf carts are approved transportation at 3i Show
High grain prices could lead to less CRP land
Hoffman crew harvesting in Kiowa a month early
Misener crew keeps busy during rain delay
Myrtle spurge is pretty but potentially dangerous
NAWG president supports multi-legged safety net
Oswoski crew deals with wind and fire but sees good yields
Partnership helps Colorado organics go global
Presentation addresses nitrogen management
Rains jump-start cotton planting
RMFU hosts summer camp with a cooperative twist
Roland team busy as bees in in Okla.
Soy checkoff sponsors tractor pulls to showcase biodiesel
Soybean crop increases, but supply to dip to historic low
Syngenta to pay penalty for pesticide labeling violations
True armyworms threaten crops
U.S. wheat industry hails U.S.-Colombia FTA implementation
USDA advances water quality conservation
Watch for grasshoppers in fields
Water issues highlight Texas Wheat Field Day

LIVESTOCK

2012 Battle in the Saddle event schedule available
4-H Horse Camp to be held at Fort Robinson
A veterinarian is a critical partner
AHC Issues Forum to focus on reinvigorating the horse industry
AmerEquine educates, entertains Texas
AmerEquine hosts EXCA Cowtown Challenge National Championship
American Youth Horse Council Symposium marks 35th year
AQHA sponsors AmerEquine
ASI conducting sheep photo contest
Basic requirements for a versatile horse aired by legendary trainer
Beef Cow Camp set for June 5
Budweiser Clydesdales to appear in Strong City
Carr livestock lead cowboys to big NFR payoffs
CDA continues to investigate Equine Herpesvirus
DCHA announces scholarship winner
Economist: 'Pink slime' label echoes 'swine flu' misnomer
Festival of the Horse announces full music lineup, tickets on sale
ICA evaluation program bulls set records
Iowa Beef Center names director
It pays to show an AQHA Incentive fund-nominated American Quarter Horse
Kansas cattle industry breaks cash receipts record
Montana Stockgrowers to hold Mid-Year Meeting
NCBA accepting applications for public policy internship
New AQHA Executive Committee elected
NPLC holds annual meeting
Preparing for heat stress in cattle
Registration open for Cattle Industry Summer Conference
Sharing story of rodeo's heritage important for newly crowned KSU Rodeo Queen
Show-Me-Select heifer sale sets record prices
Smuggled horses found to be diseased
Ulcer prevention, cure topics for June 14 teleseminar
United States Hunter Jumper Association joins UHC
UNL beef and forage management webinars continue
UNL Extension offers DNA Technology meeting June 27
Unwanted Horse Coalition's Operation Gelding continues into new year
Unwanted Horse Coalition's Operation Gelding continues with more clinics
USCA supports expansion of beef checkoff contracting authority

EDITOR

A slice of reason
Hate the player and the game
It is what it is
Midwest dairy farmers support Senate farm bill

COLUMNS

A 'Siri-ous' situation
Handheld computer offers rugged solutions
In-furrow liquid injection developed
Just a scoop full
No grass unmown
Should crop insurance subsidies be capped?
Soil improvements yield better crops
Utility trailer offers versatility
Who says?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle auction report
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Beneficial precipitation received
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn, wheat suffer solid losses
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry conditions persist
Dry soils hinder crop development
Dry weather lingers across state
Fieldwork slows
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Lack of moisture causing concern
Lexington livestock auction report
Most hay selling steady
No relief from dry, windy conditions
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC livestock auction report
Planting continues
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Snow, rain throughout state
Some areas see rain
South Central direct sheep sales
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Warm temps with no precip slow crops
Warmer, drier weather seen
Weather continues to impact crops
Weather hot, dry throughout state
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Colorado hay producers needed for annual publication
Discovery Center to promote stewardship of Flint Hills
Final Colorado Roadless Rule announced

FAMILY

Agencies join forces in the garden
Caring for lawns in summer
Controlling broadleaf weeds in turf
Details fill Jennys Brook inside, out
Extraordinary sides for a red-hot BBQ
Garden plants for kids to grow
Meditation
Miller moths invade
'Pinch' mums now for bushier fall displays
Points of discontent
Spring forth with pretty salads
Summer lawn care
Tickets go on sale for Phillipsburg PBR

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