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5th Annual Strip-Till Benchmark Study

Timing & Types of Fertilizer to Accommodate Seasonal Need

Strip-tillers shying away from spring-applied potassium and phosphorus, as well as anhydrous application with the strip-till rig.
Being able to adapt and improve a fertility program is a constant evolution. While it won’t eliminate all of the variables that can influence root structure, plant growth or nutrient uptake — a flexible strategy can at least better manage them.
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Cutting Fertilizer Application Costs with a Precision Strip-Till System

High Plains Kansas operation Kramer Seed Farms moves to strip-till to save labor and fuel and finds up to $67 savings per-acre in nitrogen.
Ben McClure was a recent ag economics graduate from Kansas State University when he went to work for Kramer Seed Farms in southwestern Kansas near Hugoton in 2003. His arrival came just as the multigenerational family farm was about to embark on a series of changes that has radically altered its farming operation, and significantly boosted its financial well-being.
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6 Tips for Flying On Cover Crops Successfully

A pilot explains how a no-tiller’s choice in applicator, cover crop species, rate and timing play important roles in achieving a strong, uniform stand.
One of the biggest concerns and complaints no-tillers have about aerially seeding cover crops is that it doesn’t result in a good stand.
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Cover Cropping, Organic Transition Among Top 2018 Strip-Till Conference Takeaways

Cover cropping trials, practical precision fertilization strategies and options for organic transition highlighted the fifth annual National Strip-Tillage Conference.
As attendees at the fifth annual National Strip-Tillage Conference began filtering in for the start of the event, a newcomer to the practice overheard a conversation between a couple of experienced strip-tillers who were chatting about nitrogen (N) application experiments.
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Mixing Tillage & Nutrient Timing to Save, Strengthen Soil

A switch to strip-till at Rotenberger Farms has proven pivotal to residue and moisture management
Within the 10-mile radius where father-and-son Doug and Steve Rotenberger farm, field variation is vastly understated. Across their 3,500 acres are sandy, high drainage soils along the east to heavier, gumbo-type soils encompassing most of the west.
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5th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Shifts in Row Unit Size, Setup & Timing of Strip-Building

Greater percentage of strip-tillers ran 8-row units, preferred shank-style setups while far fewer spring strip-tilled in 2017.
Flexibility is a luxury strip-tillers often speak of with their system. The ability to adapt row-unit setups to suit field conditions, and even shift the timing of strip-building to accommodate for Mother Nature’s unpredictability, can pay big dividends for strip-tillers.
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5th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Experience, Age & Location of Strip-Tillers Evolving

Geographic and demographic trends underscore transition, expansion of strip-till methods.
Strip-till is often equated to a puzzle, with farmers having to assemble aspects of equipment, fertilizer application, technology, seed selection and soil health together. When one piece is missing, others don’t often fit.
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