Strip-Tilling Cover Crops into Poorer Soils Results in Increased Yields
Cover Crops, Soil Health

Strip-Tilling Cover Crops into Poorer Soils Results in Increased Yields

Saying that summers in Alabama are hot is an understatement. A better description is ‘sweltering’, ‘scorching’ and ‘blistering.’ So, finding a way to keep soils cool and retain moisture is critical to the success of any crop grown in the Heart of Dixie.

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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.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    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.
  • Jack Zemlicka

    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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Putting a Microscope on Biological Benefits in a Strip-Till System Part 2

In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we continue our conversation with Streator, Ill., strip-tiller Larry Tombaugh sharing a detailed look at some of the ways he supplements his system with biological additives to improve soil health and yields.

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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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