Cover Crops, Nutrient Management
Improving Soil & Water Quality with Strip-Till & Cover Crops

Improving Soil & Water Quality with Strip-Till & Cover Crops

Robb Ewoldt relies on what he calls “the trifecta” to boost yields while improving soil and water quality at the same time. The trifecta includes nutrients (timing and placement), equipment (technology to cut down on fertilizers) and cover crop/edge of field conservation practices.

Strip-Till News

  • How One Iowa Farmer Reduced His Fertilizer Usage by 30%

    Wayne Fredericks has been no-tilling soybeans since 1991 and strip-tilling corn since 2001. But ever since he tried using cover crops in 2012, he has been able to reduce his use of fertilizer by 30%.
  • Discussion: What Works Best for Residue Management in Strip-Till Corn on Corn?

    "Corn on corn is a challenge. It kind of depends on your strip-till machine type. I know my mole knife machine would never go through standing cornstalk without a shredder pass," says Jon Olson from Minnesota.
  • Strip-Till Highlights: Nov. 22, 2022

    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. Strip-Till Farmer's Best of the Web is brought to you by CEAT Specialty Tires.
  • How Calcium Affects Crop Growth

    The most common and least chemically mobile of the secondary nutrients, calcium is essential for cell wall construction in plants and allows plant cells in young crops to divide normally.
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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.

 

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Attend the 2023 National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, January 10-13, and discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in no-till to raise your level of no-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. Learn more

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Strip-Till Farmer Podcast

[Podcast] Dean Fehl on Strip-Till Yesterday and Today

For this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, editor Frank Lessiter speaks with early strip-till adopter Dean Fehl about how he got started strip tilling, his current role as a retiree helping his sons work the family farm, and more.

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The Strip-Till Farmer podcast is brought to you by Dawn Equipment.

Dawn Equipment, a family-owned company in Sycamore, Illinois, has a reputation for responsive customer service and American-made quality products that goes back to its origin nearly 3 decades. The company has grown to more than 40 employees and numerous products, earned awards for innovative design plus a growing number of patents, but it has not lost its commitment to U.S. made products. And customers and dealers can still call to speak directly with sales and engineering staff. Dawn has redefined several market segments like strip-till and active hydraulic control of planter and attachments. Dawn was the first company to make a remotely controllable planting product. Dawn continues its commitment to innovation, to customer service, and to active response to the changing needs of America’s farmers. Visit them at www.dawnequipment.com.

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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. 

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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