Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach

Julia Gerlach is Executive Editor of Strip-Till Farmer. She has a lengthy background in publishing and a longtime interest in gardening and mycology. She graduated with a B.A. in music and philosophy from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis.

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Growing Nutrients, Smothering Weeds with Modified Organic Strip-Till

In a unique approach to growing organic corn, Indiana farmer Jason Federer is relying on an alfalfa-clover cover crop for both weed control and nutrient management.

Organic crop production doesn’t often go hand-in-hand with reduced tillage because of the need to use field cultivation to get rid of weeds. But Wolcott, Ind., grower Jason Federer is integrating reduced tillage with organic methods to improve soil health and buffer the environmental impacts of his 4,000-acre operation.


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Beyond the Berm

Incentivizing Strip-Till as a “Climate Smart” Farming Practice

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a farmer say they wanted more on-farm government intrusion. Practice mandates generally aren’t welcome amongst the individualistic, entrepreneurial types who gravitate to farming, though some mandates have seen positive outcomes over time. Improvements in the Chesapeake Bay come to mind, though the improvements have taken awhile and are incremental.


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Beyond the Berm

On-Farm Trials Provide Opportunities to Learn, Improve

It can be tempting to take university or industry data as the final word on when to plant a certain crop or how different species interact when planted together or in succession. But on-farm experiments will generally provide more accurate insights for your operation and they don’t have to be done on a massive scale to be useful.
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8th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Targeted Tillage and Nutrient Placement Bring Younger Farmers to Strip-Till

With favorable weather across much of the U.S. in fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, strip-tillers returned to more fall berm-building routines and focused on targeted nutrient management.
Results of the 8th annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study suggest a “return to normal” for many strip-tillers whose fall berm-building plans had been disrupted by wet, soggy weather in 2019.  


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Seeding Strip-Till Sustainability Through Efficiency, Precision

Combining targeted nutrient management with precision technology and the power of living roots, strip-tiller Ben Pederson is implementing regenerative practices from the ground up.
Fostering an ethic of land stewardship while operating a profitable, efficient farming operation is a compelling mission, and one Ben Pederson has been following for the past decade.
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Beyond the Berm

Sticking with the Strip-Till Playbook in a Spring of Adversity

Summer has arrived and the growing season is in full swing. And while the planting season largely got off to a great start, a number of regions have experienced challenging conditions: from wet, soggy areas in Southern states to wind, hail and frost in the Midwest to expanding areas of high heat and drought conditions over large swaths of the west and the Great Plains — including 41% of corn production acres.
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