Sticking With No-Till, Covers Protects Yields And Waterways

Split nitrogen applications and cover crops are helping Iowa grower Ed Ulch improve his long-term no-till operation while enhancing the protection of local waterways.

When Ed Ulch took the plunge with no-till during the 1970s, his main goals were economic: cut trips across the field, reduce expenses and hold the line on yields.

After Ulch graduated from college and took a job in the fertilizer industry, his father passed away and Ulch was a young man facing a daunting challenge of making two jobs work.

“Since I had the other job I farmed at night and on weekends, so…

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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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