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There are few things farmers like seeing more than picket fence corn rows. It’s a visual confidence builder that seeds planted in spring will hopefully fulfill their yield potential in fall.

But relying solely on an above-ground evaluation is only offering strip-tillers a partial report card of crop health. Holding plants accountable for their yield promise requires an understanding of how fertilizer timing, placement and performance intersect with root structure and development, according to veteran agronomist Mike Petersen.

Having dug more than 1,500 soil pits during his 35 year career, Petersen says strip-till and accurate nutrient applications can achieve 300-bushel corn more efficiently and affordably than conventional tillage.

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Thurston Mfg., we welcome Mike to explain the tactical timeline for fertilizer applications in a strip-till system to strengthen plant roots and maximize yield potential.







The Strip-Till Farmer podcast is brought to you by Thurston Manufacturing.

For more than four decades, Thurston Manufacturing has been an innovator in fertilizer injection and conservation tillage equipment. Over that time, large-acre farmers have found “Blu-Jet” to be synonymous with durability, low maintenance and return on investment. A founding Title Sponsor of the National Strip-Tillage Conference, Blu-Jet’s Strip-Tracker was the first strip-till implement to combine on-board fertilizer carrying capacities with a stretched and staggered row unit. Visit or call them today at 800-658-3127.



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