Ian Gronau

Ian Gronau

Ian Gronau is a Contributing Editor for Lessiter Publications, with primary support responsibilities for Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Strategies and the Strip-Till Farmer Website. He is a graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College and has been preparing content for magazines, websites and newspapers since 2009, and has been recognized with several awards.

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Strip-Cropping Experiments Yielding Economic, Environmental Advantages

Since adopting the modified strip-till system in 2008, Dean Sponheim has seen a 12-15% increase in corn yield and an $80-$100 per acre increase in net income.
Nora Springs, Iowa farmer Dean Sponheim calls himself an “accidental conservationist,” because he stumbled into strip-tillage by necessity and economics, rather than for reasons of environmental friendliness.
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Strip-Till Catching on for Silage Corn in California

Through a new strip-till test drive program, California dairy farmers are seeing a huge time, fuel and labor savings with strip-tillage on their silage corn.
Riverdale, Calif., dairy farmer, Stephan Brown was a bit hesitant to try strip-till at first. He’d initially come across the practice at a University of California extension field day he attended over a decade ago and wasn’t impressed.
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Carving Out a Strip-Till Niche to Cut Costs & Boost Yields

A strip-tilled sugarbeet system provides Colorado farmer, Steven Eckhardt superior fumigant delivery, higher yields, reduced compaction and opportunities for fuel and input savings.
Strip-tilled sugarbeet system provides Colorado farmer Steven Eckhardt superior fumigant delivery, higher yields, reduced compaction and opportunities for fuel and input savings.
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7 Tips for Ideal Fertilizer Placement in a Strip-Till System

Farmers and equipment manufacturers weigh in on the best times, seasons, products and strategies for developing a successful strip-till fertility program.
From depth, timing and rate to season, product and method, strip-tillers always seem to be on the hunt for new strategies to improve their fertilizer and nutrient application programs. Strip-tillage already offers advantageous placement in the root zone, but there are still many decisions for a farmer to make when he takes to the field.
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