Looking at Strip-Tilled Corn From the Roots Up
Nutrient Management, Soil Health

Looking at Strip-Tilled Corn From the Roots Up

Mike Petersen dug his first soil pit 34 years ago. More than 1,500 digs later, he has determined that strip-till and accurate nutrient applications can achieve 300-bushel corn more efficiently and affordably than conventional tillage.

Strip-Till News

  • Soil Sampling Tips for the 2019 Crop Year

    For soil nitrate, there is no perfect, stable time. Some years past, I investigated the effect of sampling time on soil nitrate values from August through April and found that at some sites...
  • Do You Have Gall Midges in Your Soybean?

    Like their name suggests, gall midges form galls (i.e., abnormal swelling) in infested plants. For soybean, these swollen areas appear near the soil surface.
  • [Podcast] Assembling & Analyzing the Essentials of a Strip-Till System

    In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast brought to you by Topcon Agriculture,  we dive into the results of the 5th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study evaluating 2017 cropping practices.
  • Soil Phosphorus Availability and Lime: More Than Just pH?

    If soils are too acidic, phosphorus reacts with iron and aluminum, making it unavailable to plants. But if soils are too alkaline, phosphorus reacts with calcium and also becomes inaccessible. However, liming can influence other ways by which phosphorus might become available to plants.
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National Strip-Tillage Conference

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July 26-27, 2018
Iowa City, IA

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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Videos

Strip-Till Columns

  • 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.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    A Refreshing Approach to Prepare for Spring Planting

    Holiday music is supposed to bring a sense of anticipation and excitement. But not when you hear it on the radio in mid-April as part of a promotion playing off the recent blanket of snow and unseasonably cool temperatures in parts of the U.S.

Strip-Till Farmer Podcast

10 Lessons for Developing a Successful Strip-Till System Part 2

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, South Dakota farmer Joey Hanson continues sharing 10 takeaways from his experience strip-tilling including strip-till timing, equipment options and soil-building opportunities.

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Discover how to tweak planters for strip-till systems, how to manage nitrogen after a wet spring, how to apply farm data to improve strip-till decision making, the benefits and pitfalls of adding cover crops in strip-till and so much more!
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