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Residue, Water Management Key to Winning No-Till Corn Yields

A protective blanket of ground cover and better water infiltration allow Tyler Franklin to irrigate crops with less water and boost soil health.


Pictured Above: MORE EFFICIENT. Tappahannock, Va., no-tiller Tyler Franklin estimates long-term no-till saves him about 3 inches of water per year on his irrigated fields. “Every time you run a disc, plow or offset disc, you’ve lost about an inch of moisture per pass,” he says. “If you have a season where it’s dry to start, you could really use that.”

Whether it's irrigation or dryland acreage, Tyler Franklin doesn’t believe high corn yields and…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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