Posted 1/13/2021 10:00 (#8747663 - in reply to #8747627) Subject: RE: No-till saves nitrogen costs
Have been continuous no-till since the mid 1980's. Seemed to help up us right off the bat, and helped maintain better yields when the 1987,88 and 89 drought years came. In addition to using less applied N than most, also think in time one can reduce P and K replacement rates also. No-till was key for me, don't think I could have ever got any traction trying to farm without it.
I do strip NH3 and plant C on top, which qualifies as no-till with FSA/NRCS, which is good enough for me to call it the same. Haven't done any tillage ......................... for a long time. Don't have any tillage equip. except for a couple near antique salvage iron type small 50's, 60's implements out hiding somewhere in overgrown grass. Hook up to them once every couple years or so to smooth out a spot or 2 here and there and/or get a little rust off.