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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sept. 13, 2017, at Husker Harvest Days, Vermeer Corp. introduced the first self-propelled baler for making round hay bales. But there's more to it than simply being self-propelled as it also features several "autonomous" functions that will reduce the normal labor required to produced round bales.
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.
Thurston Mfg. Co. began operations in 1971 producing small agricultural related Blu-Jet products and has since flourished into a major force in the fertilizer injection and farm implement markets. Thurston Mfg. has achieved the ultimate in ease and versatility with its Blu-Jet line of StripTill Systems row units.