Nutrient Management, Soil Health, Water Management
Combining Experience with Experimentation for a Progressive, Profitable Strip-Till System

Combining Experience with Experimentation for a Progressive, Profitable Strip-Till System

The phrase “change is constant” is an appropriate one to summarize the ever-evolving strip-till operation that Megan Wallendal and her husband, Eric, manage at Alsum Farms, in Grand Marsh, Wis.

Strip-Till News

  • Nutrient Deficiencies and Slug Issues

    Summer has officially arrived and nutrient deficiencies and pests are now a problem in many fields.  Healthy plants have fewer problems with disease and insects, according to soil specialist Jim Hoorman, so optimum plant nutrition is important for keeping pests at bay and optimizing crop yields. 
  • EU Draft Report Says Glyphosate Poses No Risk to Human Health

    A group of member states tasked with assessing the controversial weedkiller glyphosate as its EU licence comes up for renewal has concluded that it poses no risk to people, but campaigners say the findings contradict scientific evidence, says European environmental news organization ENDS Europe.
  • [Podcast] Understanding the Carbon Cycle with Don Reicosky

    In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast supported by The Andersons, we talk with retired USDA soil scientist Don Reicosky, a leading expert on carbon cycle management in agriculture. An internationally recognized author and speaker, Reicosky was among the first to research the relationship between CO2 and tillage.
  • Bioreactors Chip Away at Nitrogen Pollution

    Underground trenches filled with woodchips, called bioreactors, are gaining traction as viable edge-of-field tools to remove nitrogen (N) from the water that drains from agricultural fields. A new study from Iowa State University looked at how woodchip degradation affected the performance and lifespan of these bioreactors.
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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 2021 National No-Tillage Conference

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LIVE IN-PERSON EVENT

Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. The 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 5-6, in Omaha, Neb., offers a mix of thought-provoking general sessions featuring top experts, profit-boosting Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities, and interactive farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables. Learn more

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Strip-Till Columns

  • 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.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    Bottom Line Benefits vs. Bin-Busting Yields

    Southeastern Minnesota is always an interesting area to explore the evolution and advancement of strip-till. My recent trip was no different, getting the opportunity to learn about the dollars-and-sense approach local strip-tillers have taken to improve economic returns and not necessarily boost yields.

Strip-Till Farmer Podcast

[Podcast] Understanding the Carbon Cycle with Don Reicosky

In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, supported by The Andersons, we talk with retired USDA soil scientist Don Reicosky, a leading expert on carbon cycle management in agriculture. An internationally recognized author and speaker, Reicosky was among the first to research the relationship between CO2 and tillage.

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A nutrient management program is essential to maximize crop productivity and yields. The key is providing the right nutrients at the right time throughout the growing season. The Andersons High Yield Programs make it easy to plan a season-long approach for many row and specialty crops. Download yours today at AndersonsPlantNutrient.com/HighYield.

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How Lamb Farms Grows Profits & Efficiency with 4R Nutrient Management

For Janette Veazey-Post a New York farmer and one of the owners/operators at Lamb Farms, sustainability is a driving force behind their success. In fact, she attributes their desire to reuse, repurpose and do more with less to helping them become more efficient and profitable each year.

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Planter Maintenance with Precision Planting

How to Examine Your Planter's Drive System

Vibration caused by mechanical components like chains and sprockets can take a properly performing meter and cause it to create skips, doubles, and spacing errors. These tips from Precision Planting show you how to ensure your drive system is working smoothly.

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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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