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The tillage quandary

NW Ohio farmer Daryl Bridenbaugh considers his options for tillage on his soybean fields.

We have had plenty of rain in NW Ohio. Some areas have had too much. The crops in the community where I live are the best looking that they have ever been. More rain is forecast this week. The biggest lesson that I have learned this year is that tillage drastically helps keep the population of marestail down. I've been no-tilling my soybeans for many years and I went to a seminar last winter on cover crops and no-till and learned the importance of not tilling the soil, i.e. tillage destroys organic matter. So, I am in a quandary about what to do. I think next year I will either rent a low angle disc to till the ground or switch to Liberty Link beans.

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