Ben Elliott

Seeing a green and growing corn plant is often perceived as a visual validation of a healthy strip-till system. But sub-surface investigation is wise to truly understand the biological stability of your soils for long-term success.

Microbiologist Ben Elliott has worked in the chemical formulating and research fields for the past 10 years, providing consultation services both nationally and internationally. Working with farmers in 40 states and on more than 80 commercial crops, he specializes in intensive management for growers adopting new farming practices — including strip-till — based on biological aspects of decision-making, data management and systems integration.

One of Elliott’s goals is to take growers from the status quo to understanding how to adapt strip-till from start to finish, identifying the most fertile acres to experiment on and evolving tougher soils to be consistently productive based on soil analysis and technology.

“A year ago, we could only mark by science standards, about 450 species of microbes in the ground that we found to be beneficial to any kind of crop,” he says. “Today, that number has increased 10 fold, to where we now can mark 4,200 species in the ground.”

During the Premier Lecture Series general session at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference, July 26-27 in Iowa City, Iowa, Elliott will detail his experience integrating strip-till systems, looking at how biology effects specific crops, in certain soil conditions and defined weather patterns.

The 5th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference will be held at the Marriott Coralville Hotel & Conference Center and feature 2 days of strip-till education through an array of thought-provoking general sessions, strategy-packed strip-till classrooms and highly collaborative strip-till roundtable discussions.

A $25.00 Early Bird Registration discount is available through May 30, and attendees who register their farm and family members receive additional savings. For more information and to register for the conference, visit

Title sponsors making the learning and networking opportunities possible for strip-tillers include AgroLiquid, Copperhead Ag, Dawn Equipment Co., Environmental Tillage Systems, Ingersoll Tillage Group, Kuhn Krause, Montag Mfg., Schlagel Manufacturing, Thurston Mfg. (Blu-Jet), Topcon Agriculture, Vulcan Equipment and Yetter Mfg.