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Reaching Beyond Equipment, Irrigation for No-Till Success

Cover crops, pollinator strips and compost are among the tools Kelly Kettner uses to improve organic matter and stretch irrigation resources on his 5,000-acre operation in the Texas Panhandle.


Pictured Above: BUILDING SOILS. Kelly Kettner makes the application of composted cattle manure an important part of his soil building and no-till efforts in Muleshoe, Texas. Here compost is applied to a field of dead cover that included forage sorghum and millet as ground cover. Kettner says compost adds nutrients to the soil that help create organic matter

When Muleshoe, Texas, farmer Kelly Kettner decided to try no-tilling back in 2005, he expected success would…

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