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ISSUE DATE: 06/03/2013

No-till no-brainer

By Doug Rich

Gail Fuller pulled the poly tank to the next paddock, plugged in the water line, opened the gate on the electric fence and turned the cows in on fresh grass. This scene is repeated thousands of times every day on farms across the country. On this warm spring day when the grass is growing fast, Fuller will repeat it again at 3 p.m. and one hour before dark.

What makes this scene different is the fact that Fuller is a no-till farmer and the cowherd is just another crop he rotates over his acreage. The grass these cows are grazing will go back to a cash crop, and another field will be planted to warm- or cool-season grass for grazing.

“Livestock is an absolute no-brainer,” Fuller said. “If you can find a way to use it the system works more efficiently.”

Fuller is well known as a dedicated no-till farmer. He has been 100 percent no-till on his eastern Kansas farm since 1995. In February he was a speaker at the No-Till Oklahoma Conference, and in March he received the National Conservation Legacy Award from the American Soybean Association for his dedication to improving soil health on his farm.


NEWS

ACRE program sign-up deadline June 3
American Agri-Women heading to Washington, D.C., in June
Annie's Project: Building skills on the ranch and in the home
Blood donors give patients the chance to create a summer of stories
Emergency loans available for farmers, ranchers affected by tornadoes
Extension specialist to present ag lease sessions
FSA reminds producers of supplemental program
Golf carts approved transportation at 3i Show
Johanns offers, cosponsors amendments to improve farm bill
Kansas Ag Mediation Services available to help producers, lenders
Natural resources can fuel Africa's economic transformation
NBAF supporters gather for groundbreaking ceremony
Nebraska sends Republican River water downstream
Powell panel nutrition discussion this June
Safely using generators key to reaping their benefits
Secretaries Vilsack, Jewell highlight federal preparedness for western wildfire season
Secretary Rodman urges Kansas farmers and ranchers to respond to agriculture census
Senate adopts Fischer Amendment to provide regulatory relief for farmers
Senate farm bill debate pushes onward
USDA Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers seeks nominations
USDA funding to provide technical assistance to help rural businesses grow
USDA issues final rule to amend labeling provisions under COOL
Vilsack unveils vision for U.S. organic agriculture

CROPS

Agricultural Alumni Association honors 3 at spring event
APHIS: Tests indicate presence of GM wheat plants in Oregon field
B100 biodiesel to fuel pulling tractors
Bake and take participants make each day sunny
Central Texas wheat took a freeze hit
Dealing with herbicide-weed resistance
Determining extent of freeze injury in wheat
Ellis County Wheat Plot Tour set May 20
Experts provide tips for early season scouting
Extension highlights wheat, corn growth
Market size for U.S. corn and soybeans uncertain
Meadowlark Extension to hold wheat variety plot tour
Miseners look forward to another harvest
MU Thompson Farm lets bid on river-bottomcrop ground
MU website tracks risk of nitrogen loss
Nebraska Wheat Board welcomes new intern
No-till no-brainer
NRCS helps 'drought proof' farms, ranches
Organics symposium highlights research on farming systems
Oswoski crew eager to head south
'PB for OK' raising peanut butter donations for Oklahoma storm victims
'Rock' N Red Dirt' during 3i Show
Scientists develop 'green' pretreatment of Miscanthus for biofuels
Sorghum board to meet June 6
Storm winds lodge hay, wheat and bend corn
Study shows yield benefit of early post-emergent herbicide control
Taking technology to the wheat fields
Texas Viticulture Certificate Program accepting applications for 2-year series
Tractor safety course to be held in Wamego, June 4-5
Understanding fertility needs in high-yielding corn production
Upper Arkansas basin advisory committee to meet June 6
Weather raises concerns about septoria, freeze damage, timing of corn planting
Webinar to cover sustainable use of crop residues on cow-calf, yearling operations

LIVESTOCK

Ag economists: U.S. dairy margin insurance programs offer pros, cons
Animal alliance supports relief effort on Oklahoma
ASI conducting 2013 sheep photo contest
Beef Empire Days celebrates the tradition of beef industry
Beef management series set for ISU McNay Research Farm
Cattle producers asking CME to make changes in live futures contract
Checkoff names beef sweepstakes winner
Dairy producers struggling due to MILC payment delay
Future of Missouri cattle industry topic of Breimyer Seminar
Herd records, not looks, show better genetics
ICA's Tama bull and heifer sale tops the season
Identifying Johne's disease with accuracy
Iowa State studies cause of seasonal infertility in sows
ISU celebrates 5th annual June Dairy Month open house
July 1 deadline to apply for Jersey youth scholarships
KCA board appoints executive committee
KCA welcomes new board members
Kerry Kuhn Horsemanship at 3i Show
Livestock, poultry groups provide input on negative impact of RFS
March beef export results mixed; Pork exports trend lower
Memorial Day weekend to play key role in beef demand
NCBA awards state partners for outstanding recruiting efforts
NCBA comments on Senate's failure to pass Clean Water Act amendment
NCBA: EPA continues to release producers' personal information
Nebraska Cattlemen will not pursue a state checkoff
New consumer poll shows strong support for COOL rule
New school lunch beef recipes win approval from youth, foodservice directors
Producers should guard against heat stress in cattle
Summit showcases ag producers' need to build relationships
UNL students honored by Animal Science Department, Block and Bridle
USDA funds research initiatives to study effects of weather, climate on beef and dairy cattle
USDA, dairy producers renew agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
With personal show ring successes, college sophomore raises pigs for championships
Woodbury receives GoBob scholarship
World Pork Expo general manager named
World Pork Expo seminars get down to business

EDITOR

Be a squeaky wheel
Farm bill steeplechase
Let's keep the food in food aid

COLUMNS

AGCO announces $42 million investment
Capital utilization
Firm adds magnesium to nutrient line
Firm's technology helps cut corrosion, safer to handle
Haircuts
Have a Pin-spirational Father's Day
Just trying to make a little money
Lawmakers advance pathway for immigration reform
Post driver celebrates 15th year
Technology helping consumption of water by dairy cattle
Turn your genes on

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Cooler, rainy weather for most of state Montana
Dalhart livestock auction report
Deadly tornadoes hit state oklahoma
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Fieldwork occurs around rains arkansas
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter sales report
Many areas of state see some rain Texas
Mild temps, with some precipitation wyoming
Most hay prices remain steady
Much needed precipitation received colorado
Much needed rain limits planting south Dakota
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestockauction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Producers take every opportunity to focus on planting nebraska
Rains slow tillage, planting progress missouri
Salina livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep sales report
Soybeans close sharply higher
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Topsoil moisture levels still short New Mexico
Tulia livestock auction report
Weather allows for planting progress kansas
West Plains regional cattle sales report

RANGE

Drought increases toxic and poisonous plant risk to livestock
Grassland Reserve Program funding availability
Pastures weakened by drought will require time to recover
Producers should examine pastures for post-tornado debris
Ranchers, range land owners field day set June 11
Research on the Range set for June 8
Study looks at perceptions of modern cowboy and ranch employee management

FAMILY

Asking for help
Cleveland County Extension to hold 4-H summer workshops
Columnist search begins
Control spotted knapweed
Disappearing fountains are economical and appealing
Ease a pet's stress following a disaster
Fresh from the garden to the table
Garden tips for May
Meditation
Patience creates a technological leader in Kansas 4-H
Prairie has traditional country look
Reclaiming property from moles
Selecting lilacs for favorable traits
Some trees showing stress
UW Extension hosts free apple tree grafting workshop in June
Wet spring puts plants at risk if hot, dry weather arrives

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