Capitalize today on targeted fertilizer application techniques to benefit YOUR strip-till operation.
Our 19-page “Hitting the Sweet Spot with Strip-Till Fertilization Practices” eGuide details how you can strengthen your strip-till fertility program, and it’s FREE!
Applying fertilizer in the root zone is one of the primary benefits of a strip-till system and provides plants with access to needed nutrients throughout the growing season. But knowing when and where to target these applications for maximum success is critical.
We all know that banding fertilizer beneath the surface is a cornerstone of strip-till. However, making the most of this method to maximize your yields often requires experimentation and fine-tuning your application techniques.
To improve your efficiency and outcome with strip-till fertilization practices, we’ve compiled a detailed diary of proven strategies into a eGuide download — and we’ve made it absolutely FREE to get it into the hands of as many strip-tillers as possible to put them on the pathway to productivity.
Reliable and proven fertilizing strategies from the experts compiled by the most trusted name in strip-till farming.
This 19-page in-depth eGuide includes practical, experience-based advice on the right timing, depth and rate to apply fertilizer and authoritative results all contained in one reader-friendly eGuide. It reveals yield-boosting advantages farmers can take advantage of with a strip-till system. It’s a report you will turn to again and again as you take stock of where strip-till nutrient management stands today and where it needs to be in the future. Keep it handy as a primer for planning and meeting your cropping goals!
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Hitting the Sweet Spot with Strip-Till Fertilization Practices is a comprehensive, actionable reference to help you improve fertilizer placement — and capitalize on the benefits of strip-till — by properly applying your nutrients. In fact, this 19-page eGuide is designed to help you …
- Save application costs with banding vs. broadcast application in strip-till
- Protect your nutrient investment by applying it beneath the soil surface rather than risk runoff
- Time your fertilizer applications to match the right soil conditions and climate
- Target delivery of nutrients to maximize uptake (80% of corn roots are in the top 3-8 inches of the soil)
- Consider the season when applying fertilizer (reduce application of leachable fertilizers in the fall).
Proper fertilization practices are key to developing a strong root structure. Knowing how to take advantage of the most valuable and efficient methods to create a sustainable growing environment with strip-till can maintain your profitability.
An informed decision is a profitable one and rewarded by increased productivity and efficiency. Consider this:
- At about the V1 stage for corn, a seedling root without any fertilizer will be 4-6 inches long, but with a starter fertilizer application placed directly in the seed trench, roots will be 6-12 inches long.
- Applying nitrogen 7 inches away vs. alongside the plant can decrease corn yields by 16 bushels per acre and reduce nutrient uptake by up to a week.
We know time is money. But if you did nothing more than read the 7 tips for ideal placement of fertilizer in this FREE eGuide, you’d already be significantly ahead.
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Strip-Till Experts’ 10 Benefits of Banding
Would you be surprised to know that banding fertilizer in the strip can cost $18 LESS per acre than a broadcast application? Here’s a sampling of 10 tips to help you hit the target with your nutrient placement methods:
- Shallow placement of anhydrous ammonia in spring strip-tilled fields can burn roots and kill germinating corn
- Fertilize in the strip at a depth where corn roots can easily take up the nutrients
- Consider dual placement of N, P and K in the top 4 inches of the soil profile and then place more of these nutrients 8-9 inches deeper.
- Applying liquid phosphate, potash and micronutrients 3-4 inches deep can increase corn yields by 9 bushels per acre
- Keeping the plant healthy 45 days after emergence is critical as this is the time period when your yields are determined
- Banding fertilizer reduces the risk of nutrient stratification
- In soils with a cation-exchange capacity of 15, consider applying 2/3 of needed phosphate and potash 8-9 inches deep
- When making in-furrow N and potash applications with the seed, limit amounts to 5-10 pounds per acre
- Suspension fertilizer placed 5-6 inches below the strip can be readily available to roots where starter fertilizer leaves off
- Taking leaf and petiole samples at corn’s V9 or V10 stage can you help analyze late-season nutrient levels or deficiencies
To understand these fertilization tips and how to apply them on your operation, Read our FREE eGuide, Hitting the Sweet Spot with Strip-Till Fertilization Practices.
Advice Straight from Strip-Tillers to You!
This eGuide, with more than 40 tips, includes proven practices — delivered by strip-till authorities — will help you hit the target with your fertility program. The experience-based advice also compares the benefits of banded fertilizer applications in strip-till with other methods and validates the value of developing a comprehensive fertility program. Keep this report handy to improve your on-farm decision-making.
That’s the kind of actionable information you get throughout this FREE eGuide – all presented in clear, straightforward language, with breakdowns of the most lucrative benefits — and opportunities — for your strip-till operation.
But you get more than just tips and bullet points; you’ll gain insight into other strip-tillers’ thought processes and how to leverage tested fertilizing techniques to improve your crop yields and soil structure. You’ll get insight into:
- Timing applications to match soil conditions and avoid air pockets in the strips
- Choosing the right seed hybrid to maximize a “carrot style” root system in strip-till
- Experimenting with different rates and fertilizer combinations to increase uptake
- Savings and efficiency of banded applications vs. broadcast
- Striving for a “funnel effect” to deliver fertilizer directly to the root zone
For every nutrient management idea you execute on your operation, you’ll dramatically improve your strip-till returns.
Read this free eGuide right now to learn how to make this important topic a #1 directive on your farm this year.
Dig deeper into your strip-till fertility program — and uncover yield-boosting nutrient management strategies
In addition to the wealth of first-hand experience this in-depth eGuide delivers, it also provides actionable takeaways that you can use today:
- Broadcast fertilizer rates have to be 50% higher than banded application to achieve the same effect on crops.
- Save $4,000 per year in fuel costs by only making one pass to place fertilizer, rather than multiple field preparation trips in a conventional tillage system.
- Reduce application rates by 25%, while banding fertilizer in an 8-inch wide by 5-inch deep strip.
These are just some of the takeaways you’ll find by downloading this free eGuide and reviewing it in no more time than what it takes you to finish your lunch.
Here are a few more...
- Placing 30% of fertilizer in the top 3 inches of the soil, and the rest about 6 to 7 inches deep in the strip, will help corn avoid a 2-week lag in growth.
- Experts suggest limiting the total pounds of urea-containing N, plus 0-0-60 potash, in a 2-by-2-inch band to no more than 70 to 100 pounds per acre in corn.
- Planting 4 inches off of the middle of a strip can lead to an 11 bushel per acre loss — or a 5.5% decrease in yield — vs. application in the center of the strip.
- Applying 100% of the phosphate and potash in high pH soils in the fall is inefficient, because it will tie up in the soil.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Put some of the findings in this eGuide on your radar and you’ll go into next season energized by the possibilities.
By now, you’ve no doubt seen the value of downloading this carefully prepared 19-page eGuide and what this knowledge can do for your cropping operation. Nobody who wants to be a strip-till trendsetter should overlook it! And because you’ve taken the time to read this, you’re clearly a person who values bolstering, broadening and benefitting from strip-till farming.
That means you’re exactly the kind of person we hope to reach with Hitting the Sweet Spot with Strip-Till Fertilization Practices. The kind of informed farmer who plans on enhancing and improving economic, conservation and environmental efforts for years to come.
Regardless of whether you’re brand new to strip-till or have already invested 20 years in the practice, what better way to continue evolving than with this comprehensive, authoritative — FREE — eGuide?
Do you want to get the most ROI from your input investments?
Are you prepared to adapt to potential government regulatory changes in fertilizer application practices in your area?
Will you be able to evolve and improve your nutrient management strategies to ensure sustainability on your farm?
Then download this free eGuide right now, and get started. The minute you do, you start the momentum toward greater productivity.
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Yours for better strip-tilling,
Jack Zemlicka, Managing Editor
Jack is the Managing Editor of Strip-Till Farmer, and the technology editor of No-Till Farmer.
PS: How important are the first 15 days after emergence in the life of a corn plant? Find out by downloading Hitting the Sweet Spot with Strip-Till Fertilization Practices right now.
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