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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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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Strip-Tilling Toward New Corn Yield Thresholds

For Virginia farmer David Hula, busting bins is about calculated risk-taking and a strategic move to strip-tilled corn in 2018, continues to expand his yield horizon.
Strip-till has taken us to the next level, improved spacing and emergence to give us an even better stand. In 2019, when walking the fields, we saw that most corn plants developed suckers and a good portion of the suckers ended up developing ears that actually produced grain. 
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