Articles by Libby Wawzenek

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Manure Injection Supports Nitrogen Retention

Direct application to cover crop root systems provides important nutrients for growth.
With nitrogen (N) prices on the rise, farmers are investigating alternative ways to ensure their crops get the nutrients they need. One solution is applying manure to cover crops.
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Cover Crops

Long-Term Covers on Strip-Till, No-Till and Ridge-till

Jeff Olson is protecting the soil and improving water infiltration with a mixed bag of application methods and plenty of patience.
Jeff Olson isn’t afraid to step outside his comfort zone. A 5th-generation corn and soybean farmer in Winfield, Iowa, Olson attributes part of his willingness to take risks and try new things to his years of experience.
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7 Tips for Continuous Success with Strip-Tilled Corn-on-Corn

From proper planter setup to split nitrogen applications, Illinois strip-tiller Cade Bushnell shares his experience making more than a decade of continuous strip-tilled corn work.
Strip-tilling continuous corn may sound daunting to many farmers, but Stillman Valley, Ill., strip-tiller Cade Bushnell believes it’s worth the investment of time, energy and strategic planning needed to make it economically worthwhile.
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The “Grandfather” of Strip-Till Talks Transition and Technique

After more than 30 years of strip-till evolution, Hudson, Ill., farmer Rich Follmer reflects on building his first strip-till toolbar, why he started building berms in the fall and the future of the practice.
After more than 30 years of strip-till evolution, Hudson, Ill., farmer Rich Follmer reflects on building his first strip-till toolbar, why he started building berms in the fall and the future of the practice.
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Strip-Till Conversation

Strip-Till Nutrient Placement Requires Flexibility, Diligence

Strip-tillers from three farms talk about what works and what’s a challenge in a roundtable with Strip-Till Farmer editors.
Recently, Strip-Till Farmer editors caught up with four strip-tillers in a roundtable talk sponsored by AgroLiquid. The farmers chatted about everything from benefits they’ve seen from various nutrient management strategies, as well as challenges they’re facing and changes they’d like to make in the future.
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Strip-Till Conversation

Making the Organic Transition: Consider Rotation & Cover Crop Options

Two strip-tillers talk through the rationale and rewards of adding organic acres to a diverse farm operation.
Organic farming operations are gaining traction as growers explore the economic opportunity in making the transition. Strip-tiller and no-tiller Loran Steinlage, owner of FLOLO Farms in West Union, Iowa, recently sat down with Angela Knuth, who manages Knuth Farms in Mead, Neb.
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