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.
Residue is considered both a benefit and challenge for strip-tillers. Having the right row unit setup ahead of and during planting is critical to clearing the seedbed and achieving optimum early plant emergence.
Being able to adapt and improve a fertility program is a constant evolution. While it won’t eliminate all of the variables that can influence root structure, plant growth or nutrient uptake — a flexible strategy can at least better manage them.
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.
Experienced Seguin, Texas, strip-tiller John Friesenhahn discusses the setup of his 12-row strip-till rig, and some of the modifications he's made and plans to make to improve performance strip-tilling corn and cotton.
The 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference offers a mix of informational general sessions, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and face-to-face Strip-Till Roundtables. Just as important is the chance to profit from unlimited hallway networking with the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till during this early-August event in Omaha!
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.