John Dobberstein

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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From the Desk of John Dobberstein

A Win-Win for Cover Crops in the Chesapeake Bay

Cover crops have been a key tool for protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region and helping farmers improve soil tilth and health, but regulating nitrogen (N) with covers has proven difficult. Read what Penn State University researchers discovered about the ability of different species to sequester and fix N.
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Tips for Terminating Cover Crops Without Glyphosate

With the popular weed killer in legal straits in the U.S., no-tillers say they’d turn to other chemicals, rollers or other options. But most won’t give up on cover crops.
Glyphosate has been invaluable to no-tillers in North America and overseas as an inexpensive, effective tool for not only killing weeds but also terminating cover crops ahead of or after planting.
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Piecing Together a No-Till System from the Ground Up

A family that ignored naysayers and embraced no-till practices and living roots is bringing productivity back to tough clay soils and riverbottoms in southern Indiana.
Joe Kern and his father, John, admit they’re still dealing with a learning curve. But through working with no-till practices they’re transforming their “clay pot” soils into acreage that recently produced up to 240-bushel corn and 80-bushel soybeans.
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[Podcast] It’s All About Carbon: Building a Thriving Soil Biological Community

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we're discussing healthy soils and diverse organisms with Dennis Chessman, the team leader for the NRCS Soil Health Division in Lexington, Ky.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Calmer Corn Heads, we're discussing healthy soils and diverse organisms with Dennis Chessman, the team leader for the NRCS Soil Health Division in Lexington, Ky.
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Attend the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Peoria, Ill., August 1-2, 2019. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields.

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