Strip-till experimentation often starts small and Gene Kuntz, site manager at Farmamerica, is looking to build a baseline of learning on the research farm’s 240-acre site in Waseca, Minn.
Here, he has been involved in several strip-till trials. In 2018, they planted 15 acres of corn as part of the research plots and this will be strip-tilled for the next 5 years in a corn and soybean rotation.
As Kuntz says, the goal of the experiments is to look and learn about an advantage with using strip-till practices continuously to improve soil health and reduce operational costs.
I had the opportunity to visit the Farmamerica site in fall 2018 and in today’s Strip-Till Farmer podcast we share excerpts from a more recent conversation with Gene, who shares some of the details on the research farm’s strip-till trials, including seeding strategies, cover cropping and early returns.
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