Playing the Percentages with  Precision Investments in Strip-Till

Playing the Percentages with Precision Investments in Strip-Till

Dresden, Ontario strip-tiller, Mark Richards, considers himself a “bleeding-edge” farmer in terms of adopting new strategies and precision equipment. His adoption and adaptation of technology has made his 3,000-acre corn, soybean, sugarbeet, wheat and tomato operation significantly more efficient, productive and profitable.

Strip-Till News

  • What Strip-Tillers Need to Know to Maximize Nitrogen Advisory Tools

    Making the most of your nitrogen investment is critical along with knowing how transformation, loss processes and the crop demand curve impact yield. Brad Carlson, extension educator with the University of Minnesota, will deliver recent research to assist farmers with understanding for selecting the right N tools to suit their nutrient management needs at the 2020 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
  • Cereal Rye Most Popular Cover Crop Species

    Can you name 10 species of cover crops? No, this isn’t a riddle — it’s actually easier than you think. An easy place to start: cereal rye.
  • USDA Crop Progress Reports 64% of Corn Emerged

    The latest USDA Crop Progress report showed the rate of both corn planting and corn emergence remain well ahead of last year's progress.
  • Growers Invest in Cover Crops for Soil Health Benefits

    The results from the first annual Cover Crop Strategies Benchmark Study found the majority of growers do not receive incentive payments to plant cover crops, while soil health benefits are their top reasons for growing covers.
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Aug. 6-7, 2020
Omaha, Neb.

Get hundreds of ideas to boost your strip-till yields at the 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference Aug. 6-7, 2020, in Omaha, Neb. 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. Register now for just $249

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Strip-Till Columns

  • Jack Zemlicka

    Putting Planting Season in a Different Perspective

    For better or worse, the 2020 spring planting season will be memorable. As strip-tillers prepare for planting — with some already getting into the field — it’s difficult to dismiss the internal and external influences that are reshaping the ag industry.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    Wanted: More Residue in the Strip

    Residue is considered both a benefit and challenge for strip-tillers. Having the right row unit setup ahead of and during planting is critical to clearing the seedbed and achieving optimum early plant emergence.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    Different Isn’t Always Better. Better is Always Different.

    “Educational” is the most print-friendly, paraphrased response I’ve gotten when asking strip-tillers to summarize their 2019 operational goals vs. reality.
  • Drinking Up the Lemonade from the Lemons of 2019

    It’s easy to write off the last year and move on. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But let’s take a moment to reflect on the victories — however small they may seem in the rearview mirror. 

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Ray Ward on Soil Testing and No-Till Nutrient Management

In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Darrell Bruggink talks with soil scientist Ray Ward, who founded Ward Laboratories and was the Premier Lecture Series speaker at the 2017 National Strip-Tillage Conference, about the importance of identifying the need for a new approach to making soil fertility recommendations.

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