Nutrient Management, Soil Health
5 Efficiency Enhancing Tips for Strip-Till Nutrient Management

5 Efficiency Enhancing Tips for Strip-Till Nutrient Management

When it comes to nutrient management, Deweese, Neb., farmer Brian Herbek lives by the 4R philosophy. As a fifth-generation farmer on a dryland and irrigated 1,900-acre corn and soybean operation, he’s focused on slowly evolving his practices over the years to become more efficient.

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  • [Video] Lessons Learned from Early Strip-Tilled Soybean Trials

    Into his fourth year of early planting strip-tilled soybeans on a few acres of his 2,200-acre operation, Beaver Dam, Wis., strip-tiller Ryan Nell shares the motivation, expectations and results of his ongoing trials, which in 2020 included a small plot of soybeans planted on Dec. 10.
  • Plant Tissue Analysis: Sampling Strategy & Handling Tips

    Plant tissue analysis is a singular tool within the toolbox that can be used to help assess nutrient deficiencies within fields. There are a few things to consider when you're taking plant tissue samples.
  • Strip-Till Highlights: March 21, 2023

    Strip-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's realm from the lofty digital realm. Here is our favorite content from the past week from across the web. The Best of the Web series is brought to you by Copperhead Ag Products.
  • 10 Stories to Celebrate Strip-Tillers on National Ag Day

    In honor of National Ag Day, Strip-Till Farmer's editors collected these 10 articles that illustrate strip-tillers' role in not only feeding our country, but also feeding our world
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The National Strip-Tillage Conference returns August 3-4, 2023! Build and refine your strip-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 10th anniversary National Strip-Tillage Conference in Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 3-4, 2023. Experience an energizing 2-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and collaborative Strip-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered.

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    Is Strip-Till the Solution to Soil Stratification?

    Marion Calmer noticed symptoms of nutrient deficiencies in his corn a few years ago. He began to wonder if soil stratification — the accumulation of phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) in the surface — was a problem on his no-till farm in Alpha, Ill.
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    Strip-Tilling: Not Taking the Easy Way

    "I’m a chronic malcontent, especially when it comes to our farm. If something becomes status quo, if it becomes something that everybody else is doing and we are not questioning it anymore, I start to look at it and pick at it and change it."
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    Want to Locate the Forefront of Agricultural Innovation? Find a Strip-Tiller

    Innovate, innovator and innovation are words I find myself coming back to over and over again when writing about strip-tillers. Every strip-tiller is doing something to push the boundaries of yield, meticulous management and environmental responsibility.
  • How to get No-Tillers on Board for Carbon Contracts

    A group of companies called the Agricultural Climate Market Collaborative believes that lack of “transparency” is one of major road blocks to acceptance. To address transparency, the Collaborative developed eleven principles to guide carbon ecosystem marketers when forming these new contracts with growers.

Strip-Till Farmer Podcast

[Podcast] Slashing Input Costs & Overcoming Challenges with Strip-Till

For this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, we head out to Tipton, Calif., to catch up with west coast strip-till pioneer Tom Barcellos.

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Planter Maintenance with Precision Planting

How to Check if Your Planter Bar is Level

It’s important to make sure you set your planter bar height so your parallel arms run level with the ground. 

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The Planter Maintenance series is brought to you by Precision Planting. Precision Planting, LLC is the leading provider of practical and effective precision ag technologies to help make farmers smarter every season.

Building Healthier Soil Profits

Leading The Charge In Strip-Till Service And Support

Learning new practices and using new tools can be intimidating. That’s why the team at Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) goes beyond the sale to ensure owners and operators are not only prepared to defend the land and lead the charge in their fields but have the service, support, and resources needed to feel confident choosing the SoilWarrior® strip-till system for their business.

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This series is brought to you by Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS).

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Built to Last: No-Till's Trials & Triumphs... 60 Years Later

Built to Last: No-Till's Trials & Triumphs... 60 Years Later

This 44-page Special Commemorative Edition is meant to honor the shoulders of those on which no-tillers stand on today, and to also remind the next generation that true, revolutionary breakthroughs in farming are still possible. More than 110 million acres proves it. Based on detailed research, historical discoveries and many conversations with farmers who proudly shared their personal no-till memories, this fascinating report dives into all aspects within the rich history of no-till farming.

Going After Bigger Profits with Organic No-Till

Going After Bigger Profits with Organic No-Till

This 32-page report shares data trends that lay out growth in the U.S. organic market, and practical insights and tips from three no-tillers and strip-tillers who made the transition from conventional farming to organic and how they tackled challenges like weed control without herbicides. This report also provides leads on where to find potential funding and technical assistance for converting farm acres to organic methods.
Banking on Progressive Precision Practices to Improve ROI

Banking on Progressive Precision Practices to Improve ROI

Within the 48 pages of this report, you will get perspective and direct experience from other no-tillers, strip-tillers, researchers and industry experts on how current precision tools are paying off and how to prepare to make the most of the innovations of the future. This report features expert advice from experienced industry experts such as; Jeremy Wilson, Cade Bushnell, Eric and Megan Wallendal, and more. 

From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming (2nd Edition)

From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming (2nd Edition)

Enjoy the newest edition of this stunning and unique collection of no-till stories, photographs, facts, and figures chronicling the history of no-till farming from the early years through today. This extraordinary hardbound book takes a decade-by-decade look at the world of no-till as seen through the eyes of those who observed the many changes in no-till since the first commercial U.S. plot in 1962.

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