Strip-Till Farmer editors encounter a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts and videos that offer a unique look at the grower's world from the lofty digital realm. Here is our favorite content from the past week from across the web:

Strip-Till Switch Trims Farmer’s Fertilizer Bill by 30%

Villisca, Iowa, native Andrew Focht began strip-tilling continuous corn into standing cover crops in 2022. He applies phosphorous and potassium 6 inches deep in the fall, and then comes back with nitrogen, sulfur and zinc in the spring. Read more about Focht’s system in this Wallaces Farmer article.

Andrew Focht

Photo by: Gil Gullickson

Strip-Tiller: “Conservation is Needed to Save Iowa’s Soil”

Dan Voss, who strip-tills, no-tills and plants cover crops near Palo, Iowa, published this opinion piece in the Gazette. Soil is one of the greatest assets in the state, he says, and it needs to be protected. “Various studies estimate Iowa and other states in the Midwest have lost around 30-40% of our topsoil due to erosion since we first started farming it,” Voss says. “That’s the bad news. The good news is there are practices that can reverse our course. These can include no-till, strip-till, buffer strips, bioreactors, wetlands and cover crops. Adoption of these practices continues to increase, but we are at a turning point where adoption rates must increase to reach our goals.”

Dan Voss in tractor

Photo by: Nick Rohlman/The Gazette

Moving From Full-Scale Tillage to Strip-Till

In this AgPhD YouTube Short, learn a brief history lesson about why tillage was ever done in the first place and why strip-till and no-till are hopefully going to continue to grow and become a larger part of the future of agriculture.

Efficiency as Valuable as Bushels in Strip-Till System

The undisputed corn yield champion of the world David Hula reflects on his transition to strip-till a few years ago, shares some of the top benefits and explains why efficiency is just as valuable as bushels in a strip-till system. Hula is going to share lessons learned from his record-breaking plots at the 2024 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 8 in Madison, Wis. Head to to reserve your spot and cash in on those early bird registration savings before the end of May!

North Dakota Farmer Experiments with Wide-Row Strip-Till

Steve Enger recaps his SARE study on wide-row strip-till corn production in perennial alfalfa on his North Dakota farm.

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