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Attaining Planting Perfection with a Decisive, Flexible Strip-Tilling Strategy

Attaining Planting Perfection with a Decisive, Flexible Strip-Tilling Strategy

Strip-tillers often talk about the need to be more sensible with their seed placement and planter setups to create an increasingly responsive environment for initial plant growth.

Strip-Till News

  • [Podcast] Building Healthy Bug Populations for Better Strip-Till Crops

    For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, we caught up with Mike Bredeson, a research scientist with the Ecdysis Foundation, where he studies the interdependence of plants and insects alongside innovative farmers who are seeking to create healthy soils while growing resilient and profitable crops.
  • USDA Reports 4% of Corn Harvested

    USDA's crop progress report for the week ended September 12 reported 87% of corn dented, below the 88% reported dented in the same week last year.
  • USDA Reports 74% of Corn Dented

    USDA's crop progress report for the week ended September 5 reported 74% of corn dented, below the 77% reported dented in the same week last year.
  • [Podcast] Biological Farming with Gary Zimmer

    For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, we caught up with Gary to talk about his system of biological farming. He explains why he avoids disturbing what he calls the “middle zone,” where most root growth takes place. 

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Strip-Till Farming 101

Feeling overwhelmed?

Start with these information-packed articles hand-picked by our editors:

Banding vs. Broadcast: Nutrient Placement Benefits, Techniques & Management
Veteran strip-tillers share proven payback and lessons learned with targeted, timed nutrient applications.

15 Time, Money & Stress-Saving Strip-Till Planting Tips
Creating the ideal seedbed requires diligent residue management, the right precision tools and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

21 Strip-Till Fertility Tips for Feeding Plants the Right Diet
Split nitrogen applications, determining the proper placement depth and doing below-ground root assessments are all part of a well-rounded fertility program.

 

Attend the 30th Anniversary National No-Tillage Conference

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Get the Most Out of Your No-Till System

Join more than 40 top-notch no-tillers, agronomists, researchers and other no-till experts in Louisville, January 4-7, 2022, to discover innovative ideas that can help you get the most out of your no-till farming system. The 30th anniversary National No-Tillage Conference offers a mix of thought-provoking General Sessions, expert-led No-Till Classrooms and collaborative No-Till Roundtables. Plus, valuable pesticide recertification and Certified Crop Advisor credits are available to qualifying attendees. Learn more

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Strip-Till Columns

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    Sticking with the Strip-Till Playbook in a Spring of Adversity

    Summer has arrived and the growing season is in full swing. And while the planting season largely got off to a great start, a number of regions have experienced challenging conditions: from wet, soggy areas in Southern states to wind, hail and frost in the Midwest to expanding areas of high heat and drought conditions over large swaths of the west and the Great Plains — including 41% of corn production acres.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    What’s the Main Ingredient in Your Strip-Till Recipe?

    I like to think of strip-tillers in this context — creative adaptors who are receptive to change and always looking to improve their recipe for success. 

  • Jack Zemlicka

    Customizing Strip-Till as a Systematic Service

    Talking with farmers throughout the years about their initial experience with strip-till, they routinely mention the financial commitment they were able to minimize with a little innovation.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    Are You Fully Invested in the Economics of Your Farm?

    With fall harvest winding down in many areas, strip-tillers have been vigilantly checking yield monitors (calibrated, I hope) and thinking about the next phase of field operations.

Strip-Till Farmer Podcast

[Podcast] Building Healthy Bug Populations for Better Strip-Till Crops

For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, we caught up with Mike Bredeson, a research scientist with the Ecdysis Foundation, where he studies the interdependence of plants and insects alongside innovative farmers who are seeking to create healthy soils while growing resilient and profitable crops.

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Building Healthier Soil Profits

How Strip-Till is Driving Higher Yields

2020 was anything but typical. But for farmers who got an early start on planting, managed to navigate extreme weather and put down the right fertility, it turned out pretty great, especially for those who were able to capitalize on improved crop prices and earn top placements in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Yield Contest.

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


Planter Maintenance with Precision Planting

How to Make Sure 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. When your parallel arms run uphill to the bar you limit the amount of travel that you have for the row-unit. As you start to go over any sort of terrain your row-unit may bottom out on that stop and you'll be planting shallow.

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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.

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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

From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming

Enjoy a 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 commecial U.S. plot in 1962.
Soil Biology Boost Package

Soil Biology Boost Package

This special package gives you best practices to ensure a balanced and diverse soil system that promotes maximum yields year after year. Learn dozons of ways to improve the health and diversity of the life under your feet so you can farm with more productivity and profitability
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