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No-Tillers Tame Heat and Tough Clay Soils

Relay soybeans, controlled traffic and cover crops play key roles in helping Randy and Nicole Small make no-till work in southeastern Kansas

Continuous no-till is an uncommon practice in southeast Kansas, where tight clay soils can hinder nutrient distribution and the growing environment causes rapid breakdown of residue.

But since 1998, Neodesha, Kan., farmers Randy and Nicole Small have focused on the challenges and reaped the benefits of no-till.

“You have to be motivated to make it work — it doesn’t just happen,” says Randy, who with his wife was honored in 2009 with the DuPont Young…

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