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Tips For The Perfect Seedbed – for Jul. 23, 2010

No till, put simply, is a clear and persistent focus on seeding — with a singl pass — into undisturbed soil. No till and direct seeding have dramatically changed the way we farm our Prairie landscape. No more bare-fallow or seedbed cultivation! Farmers now reap immediate benefits in saved time, labour and fuel costs while […] Read more

Tips For The Perfect Seedbed – for Mar. 8, 2010

Seed shallow, don’t pack too much, limit seed-placed fertilizer, and find an opener and row spacing that works for your conditions No-till, put simply, is a clear and persistent focus on seeding — with a single-pass — into undisturbed soil. No till and direct seeding have dramatically changed the way we farm our Prairie landscape. […] Read more


Are Strippers The Missing Piece?

Most proud and passionate direct-seeders tend to centre on the features of their preferred seeding operation. This discussion will focus primarily on the oft-forgotten harvest phase. Twelve years as a direct-seeding (DS) extension agent with Reduced Tillage Linkages in Alberta finds me well-adjusted to all the notill bad mouthing that goes on over soil warming […] Read more

No Till Pays Dividends, Despite 2009

I understand the heartache of crop failure when stakes are high. I realize the pressures of farming around the weather. But it makes no sense to abandon the good sense of no-till after a bad year. I sincerely hope what I overheard during a farm meeting last summer was just talk without thought. Farmers were […] Read more


Pea-Alfalfa Mix Revives Pasture

John Burden of Lougheed, Alta., says peas perform very well as a take-out crop for depleted pastures. He direct-seeds peas into the sod and then broadcasts alfalfa seed immediately afterward. He gets a pea crop the first year, meanwhile creating a good foundation for the new alfalfa to get established. Ultimately his goal is to […] Read more