Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. Prior to joining No-Till Farmer, she served as an assistant editor for a greenhouse publication. Barrera holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Ball State University.

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How to Do Your Own On-Farm Precision Ag Experiments

The Data Intensive Farm Management research team at the University of Illinois is working with farmers to conduct large-scale, on-farm research that will help them better manage their farms.

University of Illinois Professor David Bullock leads the Data Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) research team. Funded by USDA grants, DIFM works with researchers and farmers to create large-scale, on-farm checkerboard-style field trials using precision ag technology. 


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Band Fertilizer for Higher Corn Populations & Yields

Research studies from the University of Illinois show banding fertilizer often results in higher yield, especially when using small-rooted, “racehorse” hybrids.

Do you know the current corn yield world record?
You probably heard Charles City, Va., grower David Hula set it in 2019 with 616 bushels. 
But do you know the current corn yield gap?


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How to Read a Soil Test Report

Ward Laboratories president Ray Ward offers a step-by-step explanation on interpreting soil test reports to aid strip-till management decisions.
Most strip-tillers understand the importance of soil testing, as they typically serve as the baseline for fertilizer and lime purchases and application.
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