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When asking strip-tillers about why they transitioned into the practice, they cite a variety of reasons, including soil health improvement, yield consistency and input conservation.

These goals are often attainable, but rarely will a farmer solely credit strip-till for their success. They are quick to note that strip-till requires a systematic approach, complete with an analytical eye for seed selection, nutrient management practices and annual yield analysis.

This comprehensive approach and attention to detail has helped DeForest, Wis., farmer Mark Schroeder refine and improve his strip-till operation since first adopting the practice in 1993.

Cycling through a variety of strip-till equipment setups and establishing a practical crop rotation that includes continuous corn acres, Mark willingly admits he’s still learning, even after more than 20 years of strip-till.

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast, we share excerpts from my conversation with Mark during our visit to his 3,300-acre operation to learn about his expectations, accomplishments and outlook for strip-till.







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