Donn Branton

Constantly evaluating the form, rates and placement of nutrients can make the difference between profitability and not farming at all.

This is a philosophy that strip-tiller Donn Branton and his son, Chad, subscribe to on their 1,500-acre operation in LeRoy, N.Y., since adopting strip-tillage more than 12 years ago. Deep placement of fertilizer, multiple nitrogen applications and nutrient management trials have contributed to a 40-bushel-per-acre boost in some cornfields.

“Every decision we make on the farm is an investment,” Branton says. “The reason we’ve stuck with strip-till, cover crops and other practices is because they improve the soil, our yields, the environment and our bottom line.”

During a general session on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Branton will share results of on-farm nutrient management experimentation and detail his strategies for improving yields and soil health with a conservation-minded fertility program.

The host Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal, Ill., will offer an ideal learning environment for attendees to absorb dozens upon dozens of actionable strip-till practices from fellow farmers, consultants, university specialists and other agricultural experts through general sessions, strip-till classrooms, roundtable discussions, hallway networking and a special members-only workshop.

Preliminary plans for the event include 7 general session speakers, 12 classrooms covering a range of strip-till topics, including cover cropping, precision farming practices and equipment modifications, and 20 roundtable discussions.

Stay tuned for more conference updates by visiting and we’ll see you in central Illinois!