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Farmers learn to improve soil production at annual No-Till Conference

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After Nebraska's hottest summer on record, ag experts meet to discuss how to better manage water at the annual No-Till Partnership Conference.

Farmers from across the region convened at the Gering Civic Center this morning to listen to a variety of field experts.

They say the best way to improve no-till farming is to manage water. That helps improve soil quality and increase its holding capacity.

Mark Watson helped put together the two - day conference, and says getting a continuous crop on dryland acreage is detrimental for panhandle farmers.

"And also save a lot if irrigation water of the course of the growing season, and as the water issues get more and more stringent, I think no-till adoption will be more wide spread around our region."

Watson adds that the odds of a repeat summer of extreme heat and dryness of 20-12 magnitude is slim, but planning for the worst will help preserve water resources.

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