Cutting Fertilizer Application Costs with a Precision Strip-Till System
Seeding & Planting, Nutrient Management, Precision Ag

Cutting Fertilizer Application Costs with a Precision Strip-Till System

Ben McClure was a recent ag economics graduate from Kansas State University when he went to work for Kramer Seed Farms in southwestern Kansas near Hugoton in 2003. His arrival came just as the multigenerational family farm was about to embark on a series of changes that has radically altered its farming operation, and significantly boosted its financial well-being.

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July 26-27, 2018
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Get hundreds of ideas to boost your strip-till yields at the 5th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference next July 26-27, 2018, in Iowa City, IA. 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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Strip-Till Columns

  • Jack Zemlicka

    Mandatory Cover Cropping? — Maybe

    Recent years have seen growing interest among strip-tillers in experimenting with and incorporating different mixes and seeding methods of cover crops to achieve desired results.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    Are You Insuring Your Soil Health?

    Field days are often ideal environments for some provocative, even controversial discussions. Attending an educational event hosted at Beaver Dam, Wis., strip-tiller Charlie Hammer and Nancy Kavazanjian’s farm this summer, the focus of the day was on cover cropping and climate change.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    Be Confident, Collaborative with Your Strip-Till System

    Having recently returned from our fifth annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, I’m taking a deeper dive into the pages of notes I took during speaker sessions, roundtable discussions and hallway conversations.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    How Fast Can We Expect Strip-Till to Grow?

    Forecasts are always fun — if not entirely accurate — and provide an opportunity to predict the future. In the case of strip-till, I’ve anecdotally heard for years that there are pockets of growth.

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Precision vs. Accuracy: Understanding the Difference for Effective Nutrient Application

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, University of Kentucky associate professor and soil management specialist Josh McGrath discusses ongoing research into variable-rate technology, including creating the optimal conditions for creating fertility prescriptions for maximum plant response.

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