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8467. Klassen, Ron. 1990 June. Fertility report from the PFIN tour.. Growers Guide, p. C14, Colfax, WA 99111.
A soil building program was initiated with the addition of high calcium lime and tillage with a ridge/subsoil tool. Some observations since then include improved straw decomposition, almost no erosion, increase in soil-active herbicide effectiveness, decrease in footrot, increased yields, and rising soil organic matter levels.

11048. Kirschenmann, Fred. 1992. Eradicating field bindweed: tillage, rotation knock out weed.. Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society Newsletter, Jan. 1992, p. 5..
A complex rotation combined with timely tillage has been successful in controlling field bindweed and Canada thistle on a North Dakota farm. A five year rotation of oats/sweetclover-sweetclover green manure-spring wheat-buckwheat-winter rye has worked well.

11204. Matheson, N., B. Rusmore, J.R. Sims, M. Spengler, and E.L. Michalson. 1991. Cereal-legume cropping systems: nine farm case studies in the dryland northern plains, Canadian prairies, and intermountain Northwest.. AERO, 44 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601.
The farm case studies presented in this book include details of the crop rotations, tillage, fertilization, and pest control practices used by the farms. Farms were chosen for their innovative or alternative practices. Partial budgets for each crop on each farm are presented to provide a reference point for the economic performance of alternative dryland cropping systems. Comparisons with more conventional systems are not made.

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