Converting to Dryland Farming

Southwest Kansas farmer Steve Arnold had been a big irrigator with ten wells, numerous pivot irrigation systems and four-wheel-drive tractors. Then, his wells ran dry. The Ogallala Aquifer failed him. Arnold converted to dryland farming, adopted precision farming equipment and practices, and is using no-till and cover cropping.

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No-till and Cover Crops Help Rainwater Basins

South-central Nebraska producer John Kinley has a three-acre rainwater basin in a crop field. He uses progressive practices such as no-till production and cover cropping. Even though he farms through his wetland, no-till leaves the rainwater basin with cover year-round, and it now attracts ducks and geese as they migrate.

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