Magazine From the Great Plains
-- Free Premier Issue on the Internet --
Below is a description
of a new magazine you might want to explore called... Leading Edge - The
Journal of No-Till Agriculture. It is from a new group that calls themselves
"No-Till on the Plains," a public-private organization (described
in the magazine).
While most of the
information presented in this issue is from Kansas and the Great Plains
area, some the principles might be adapted / explored in other regions.
They have utilized Dr. Dwayne Beck. Research Agronomist and Manager of
the Dakota Lakes (No-Till) Research Farm at Pierre, extensively in their
programs and the magazine. Keep in mind that the Great Plains and Canadian
Prairie Provinces are summer rainfall (~70%) regions, versus winter rainfall
(~70%) in much of the PNW, When you are exploring new cropping systems
technologies from those regions, it is important to remember that the
difference in precipitation distribution can have significant effects
on the performance of specific crops, crop rotations and a wide variety
of production management options.
issue of the Leading Edge is available free on their Website. You can
review this 24-page magazine and decide if it might be worth a subscription
of $25 for 4 issues. It is easy to view and print it from the Website
(www.notill.org), just click on the
"Leading Edge" icon in the lower left hand corner of the opening
page. You will need Acrobat Reader software to view the PDF file, and
it can be downloaded free through a link next to the icon.
The following information
on the Leading Edge magazine was provided by Matt Hagny, Leading Edge
was launched by No-Till on the Plains, Inc. this past December to fill
a need for quality reporting of no-till concepts and practices developing
on the U.S. Plains. We have several purposes in mind, but in particular
are aiming at another venue to get solid no-till information to farmers;
something more frequent and enduring than conferences and meetings, and
where thoughts and discussions can be laid out in a more organized fashion.
We hope it encourages a few more to join the ranks of no-tillers, and
to further develop the methods of those already doing no-till. It should
also serve as a ledger of where we've been in our journey to create farming
systems that are demonstratably better both economically and environmentally."
"We strive to
have 2 Feature Farmer articles in each issue, along with some technical
or thought-provoking articles. Budget permitting, we plan to continue
the format and quality of information found in issue #1. There certainly
isn't any lack of topics, and the
publication really has the possibility of becoming better every year,
as more farmers and researchers convert to no-till -- more people asking
questions, gathering ideas, testing them, and finding new questions to
is available as a PDF file from No-Till on the Plains' Web site (www.notill.org)."
Matt Hagny, Editor
-- Leading Edge
No-Till on the Plains Inc.
P.O. Box 236
McPherson, KS 67470-0236
Web site: (www.notill.org)