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Tools for Residue Management
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Oct 3, 2013 03:09 PM CDT

Nature rarely lets us get away without paying a price for improvement. Example: Today's high-yield corn is money in the bank and grain in the food system.

But this corn relies on denser plant populations and tougher cornstalks, which produce a lot of crop residue. A harvested corn field today is a yellow and brown train wreck, with 5 to 7 tons per acre of stalks and leaves strewn in a foot-deep mess. Especially in a corn-on-corn rotation, that can create problems. Soils warm more slowly in the spring; planting is more difficult.

None of this comes as a surprise ...

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