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On the flat landscape in O’Brien County, Kelly Nieuwenhuis has been working to increase organic matter in the soil his entire farming career. After a long history in a full tillage program, he switched to one-pass vertical tillage in 2016 and has seen organic matter in the soil increase rapidly.
“We went to narrow, 20-inch rows in 2004, and in 2016, we switched to one-pass vertical tillage in the spring. Now we only work the ground 2-inches deep the day before we plant and leave 99% of residue on the top to protect the soil and absorb moisture,” he said. “Basically, we’re just airing out the soil and warming it up a little bit before planting.”
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