5 Takeaways from the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference

5 Takeaways from the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference

2019 has tested the resolve of many farmers. So it was refreshing to experience an overall optimistic environment at the 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Peoria, Ill. Many of the 338 farmers, researchers and industry professionals assembled with a shared objective of making lemonade out of lemons in 2019, but they also sought opportunities to rebound in 2020.

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  • Site-Specific Estimation of Corn Yield Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

    Site-specific yield estimation is important for efficient management of agricultural inputs and explaining spatial yield variability. However, the causes of yield variability may differ due to interactions among weather, crop management, and site characteristics such as soil type and topography, according to the University of Minnesota.
  • Little Change in Current Corn, Soybean Crop Conditions

    There was very little change in the overall condition of this year’s corn and soybean crop during the past week, but both continue to lag crop conditions at this point a year ago, according to USDA’s Aug. 19 Crop Progress report.
  • Nutrient Application & Cover Crops Go Hand in Hand

    Thinking about applying manure soon on fields where short-season crops like sweet corn or peas have already come off or will be harvested in the next few weeks? Consider planting a cover crop to hold the nutrients in place this fall and next spring, according to this article from University of Minnesota Extension.
  • Herbicide Application: Effective Management of Hard Water in Spray Solutions

    Water quality is a frequently overlooked factor that can adversely affect the performance of pesticides, especially herbicides. Besides pH, water “hardness” is a key concern, with much of the agricultural water sources across the U.S.
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Aug. 1-2, 2019
Peoria, IL

Get hundreds of ideas to boost your strip-till yields at the 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference Aug. 1-2, 2019, in Peoria, IL. This is a can't-miss, one-of-a-kind meeting that offers nearly 40 cutting-edge, money-making sessions and unlimited networking with the best of the strip-till community over 2 days.

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Defining Strip-Till Overseas: Benefits, Challenges & Opportunities

In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we share excerpts from my conversation with Nathan Ensby and Trent Stainlay, both from New South Wales, Australia, on the scope of strip-till in Australia, along with some of the adoption hurdles and greatest opportunities for expansion.

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Comparing & Contrasting Strip-Till Tools, Techniques & Outcomes

Results of the 6th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study, evaluating 2018 cropping practices, reinforce the importance of adapting a strip-till system to increase production and efficiency. 


During this webinar, sponsored by Ingersoll, Jack Zemlicka, managing editor of Strip-Till Farmer shares and evaluates the results of the 2019 benchmark study, based on the responses of more than 200 farmers from 23 states, to include shifting equipment preferences, yield results, cover cropping methods and precision technology adoption.

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