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This heavy tilled soil has no soil structure, resulting in water polluting erosion, poor drainage, and slow warm up in spring. NWF Photo by Ryan Stockwell

Why You Should Use No Till and Cover Crops This Planting Season

4/8/2015 // By Ryan Stockwell

It’s that time of year again when farmers’ hearts begin to beat a little faster in anticipation of the spring planting rush. Across rural America, farmers excitedly prepare tractors and planters, finalize seed purchases and lock in crop insurance. The anticipation and hopefulness …

June 23 2014 residue cover in no till cover cropped field

Researchers Recognize Conservation Agriculture’s Benefits

11/7/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

For the first time, a land grant university has recognized the benefits of a conservation practice to productivity and is changing recommended fertilizer rates accordingly.

Soybeans enjoying warmer soils thanks to no till and cover crops.

Myth Busted: Cover Crops and Soil Temperatures

9/4/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

We’ve all probably heard the old fact that cover crops result in colder, wetter soils. It seems this myth has been around amazingly longer than cover crops themselves. It is likely an extension of another long-held “truism” that no till …

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Coal Train from the Powder River Basin Derails

1/24/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This past weekend, 19 coal cars derailed in Caledonia, Wisconsin.  The 135-car train was carrying coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to a power plant facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin when it crashed, most likely due to cold temperatures. Fortunately …

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No Till, Cover Crops and Wildlife: A Lively Combination

11/5/2013 // By Ryan Stockwell

After harvest of winter wheat earlier this year, an interesting thing happened: my field, with the wheat residue remaining and cover crops growing, became migratory waterfowl Mecca. Why was this?  Well, simply put, a number of management decisions related to …

Soil Health, Risk Management, and Wildlife: Observed Benefits of Cover Crops and No Till

6/13/2013 // By Ryan Stockwell

Spring has finally sprung in central Wisconsin.  After a Mother’s Day dusting of snow temps have finally climbed to the seasonal average, but precipitation continues to inundate fields with moisture.  Planting is delayed across the region for corn and bean …

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Three Things I’ve Learned from Converting to No Till and Cover Crops

11/1/2012 // By Ryan Stockwell

As I wrap up year number two of converting my farmland to no till and cover crops, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect. No better time than while on the tractor planting winter wheat to think …

Wildlife like these Sandhill cranes forage through crop residue in late spring.  No till and cover crops not only protect water quality and improve soil health and productivity, but provide vital habitat and forage for wildlife.

What I Learned About My Farm from Two Minutes in the Rain

8/6/2012 // By Ryan Stockwell

Driving home one evening earlier this summer, I noticed a lot of water in roadside ditches after a sizable storm rolled through the area.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if there were any visible differences …

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Guest Post by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI): Why the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act is Important

11/3/2011 // By NWF

Congressman Ron Kind  grew up in La Crosse, WI, and is honored to represent the people of his home district to this day. He is a longtime advocate of conserving our natural heritage  and a fierce defender of America’s National …

NWF Joins Lawsuit Against Dirty Oil Pipeline

9/3/2009 // By Miles Grant

Native American and environmental groups filed suit in federal court today challenging a proposed tar sands oil pipeline that would bring the dirtiest oil on Earth from Canada to the United States. The U.S. State Department’s approval on Aug. 20 …

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