6 Strip-Till Adjustments for Ideal Berm-Building
Seeding & Planting, Equipment, Starting Out In Strip-Till

6 Strip-Till Adjustments for Ideal Berm-Building

Mead, Neb., farmer Kerry Knuth, made the transition from dragging a disc ripper and mulch finisher across his 2,200-acre corn and soybeans operation to strip-tillage back in 2005. Though a “set it and forget it,” philosophy works on some farms, Knuth quickly determined that building an ideal berm required adaptation and experimentation to accommodate ever-changing field conditions. 

Strip-Till News

  • Corn, Soybean Crop Progress Remains Behind Schedule

    Corn in the dough stage improved from last week’s rate of 89% to 93% as of Sept. 15. This still remains behind the corn in the dough stage percentage from Sept. 15, 2018 of 99% and the 5 year average of 98%.
  • How Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Sense Iron

    In many nitrogen-fixing bacteria, a protein called RirA plays a key role in regulating iron by sensing high levels of the metal and shutting down the production of proteins that bring in more iron. RirA contains a cluster of four iron and four sulfur atoms, which acts as a sensor for iron availability. But until now, exactly how this cluster structure detects iron levels in a cell was unclear, says the University of East Anglia.
  • Avoid Tech ‘Silos’ to Maximize Equipment ROI

    I have so many farmers that have variable-rate technology on their seeder and on their sprayer and have never used it. I think you pay enough money already as it is, that technology should just work.
  • New Manure Application Rate Guidelines for Minnesota

    Manure application rate guidelines in Minnesota have recently been revisited and updated as needed to reflect recent research findings for nitrogen and phosphorus needs of crops. Find out what's new from the University of Minnesota Extension.
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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

  • Sarah Hill

    Let Cover Crops Do the Work to Keep Weeds Away

    We all know that one of the potential benefits of using cover crops is weed suppression, but do you know how cover crops actually provide weed suppression? There are a couple of ways: through blocking sunlight from reaching weed seeds, and also allelopathy, as the cover crop plants produce a chemical that reduces weed seed germination.
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    It’s OK to ‘Farm Ugly’

    Spring 2019 was not kind to many farmers, and many of my recent conversations have touched on topics like prevented planting, crop insurance and late harvest.
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    Exercise Your Short-Term Memory to Maintain Strip-Till Momentum

    One of my favorite parts of coaching youth sports is building mental confidence in players. No easy task with impressionable and often easily distracted youngsters.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    The Value of Mentoring — not Mandating — to Develop a Smarter Strip-Tiller

    One of the challenges we all face is knowing when to allow those we care about to fail. Nobody wants to make mistakes, and it’s human nature to want right a wrong, sometimes before it even occurs.

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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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