Brandon Hunnicutt, strip-tiller in Giltner, Neb., talks about building his strips in the fall without nutrient placement, to provide crop rotation flexibility in the spring. He also discusses the potential of placing dry fertilizer in the fall to stay ahead of nitrogen regulations in the state.
Although reducing tillage intensity can provide conservation benefits and cost savings, adoption of no-till and minimum till practices for corn production has been limited in some areas, particularly in the northern Corn Belt. In this environment, a shorter growing season and cold, poorly drained soils can lead to delayed planting, low and uneven emergence and lower yields for reduced versus conventional tillage. Strip-till has been proposed as an alternative minimum tillage system for areas and soils that are not well suited for no-till management.
More growers are seeing major benefits by strip-tilling in the spring, citing cropping flexibility, slashed fertilizer costs, reduced winter erosion and the ability to deal with changing weather conditions.
The deep roots of radishes, and the voids that winterkilled and decayed radishes create, have led some farmers to "bio strip-till" with the popular cover crop, saus a recent report by several university experts.
Experienced Seguin, Texas, strip-tiller John Friesenhahn discusses the setup of his 12-row strip-till rig, and some of the modifications he's made and plans to make to improve performance strip-tilling corn and cotton.
The 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference offers a mix of informational general sessions, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and face-to-face Strip-Till Roundtables. Just as important is the chance to profit from unlimited hallway networking with the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till during this early-August event in Omaha!
Kuhn Krause's focus, above all, is to continue to produce quality products to serve producers better; to strive to respond to their needs with new tools and new technology to meet their growing challenges. Agronomic practices are constantly changing, and at a faster pace now than ever.