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This NebGuide describes using no-till sorghum in ecofallow rotations, including hybrid selection, planting and weed control methods, fertilizing, and possible insect and disease problems. The ecofarming system using a winter wheat-ecofallow corn or sorghum-fallow rotation has increased corn and sorghum yields because more water is conserved by controlling weeds with herbicides than with tillage. The land is fallowed the year following corn or sorghum and planted to winter wheat in the fall. Often enough precipitation is received during winter and/or early spring that another crop of sorghum could be grown instead of fallowing and planting wheat. If about 2000 lb/A or more of wheat residue plus corn and/or sorghum stubble are present to protect the soil surface from wind and water erosion and to conserve moisture, another sorghum crop may be considered. Sorghum is planted with a no-till planter into either weed-free ecofallow corn or sorghum stubble containing wheat residue.