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When Hilmar, Calif., farmer Aaron Wickstrom made the transition to strip-till, it was primarily a business decision. After more than 75 years, the family’s 1,000-acre cropping operation was starting to struggle with yield and nutrient efficiency.

Farming three different types of beach sand, Wickstrom maintains a three-crop rotation of silage corn, sorghum-sudangrass and winter wheat, and has been able to grow 180-bushel corn on about 78 units of nitrogen.

“It’s all about sustainability and the economics of our operation that validated our move from conventional tillage to strip-till,” Wickstrom says. “Our goal is to spoon-feed the nutrients to the crop based on need so we can minimize waste and maximize production.”

In today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast brought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Aaron discusses his proven methods for conquering unfavorable soil conditions with strip-till, including split N applications and improving early emergence by minimizing risk with a wider planting window.

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