Jack Zemlicka is the Managing Editor for Strip-Till Farmer. Since he joined Lessiter Publications' Ag Division in 2012, he has covered precision farming practices, products and trends. He also serves as managing editor of Precision Farming Dealer, and technology editor of Farm Equipment and No-Till Farmer.
Field days are often ideal environments for some provocative, even controversial discussions. Attending an educational event hosted at Beaver Dam, Wis., strip-tiller Charlie Hammer and Nancy Kavazanjian’s farm this summer, the focus of the day was on cover cropping and climate change.
Having recently returned from our fifth annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, I’m taking a deeper dive into the pages of notes I took during speaker sessions, roundtable discussions and hallway conversations.
Flexibility is a luxury strip-tillers often speak of with their system. The ability to adapt row-unit setups to suit field conditions, and even shift the timing of strip-building to accommodate for Mother Nature’s unpredictability, can pay big dividends for strip-tillers.
While strip-till tends to be practiced in pockets of North America, there is a sense that interest and adoption is on the rise. Talking with strip-till researchers and academics during the last year, the consensus is that strip-till is on the upswing.
Strip-till is often equated to a puzzle, with farmers having to assemble aspects of equipment, fertilizer application, technology, seed selection and soil health together. When one piece is missing, others don’t often fit.
Holiday music is supposed to bring a sense of anticipation and excitement. But not when you hear it on the radio in mid-April as part of a promotion playing off the recent blanket of snow and unseasonably cool temperatures in parts of the U.S.
During the 26th annual National No-Tillage Conference in Louisville, we gathered several strip-tillers for a candid conversation about the origins of their system, and some of the transformational lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Sparland, Ill. strip-tiller Jay Riddell discusses his multifaceted approach to maximizing yield potential through variable-rate. Centered on tissue testing and management zones for seed and fertilizer application, Riddell's goal is to equalize costs per bushel across all 1,500 of his acres.
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.