Paying attention to soil conditions, making timely adjustments and minimizing air pockets while strip-tilling in the fall will pay off with better corn roots, stands and yields, says Kevin Kimberley, owner of Kimberley Ag Consulting, Maxwell, Iowa.
Just 3 years ago, many strip-tillers in the Corn Belt struggled to harvest crops in wet fields, which limited or even eliminated fall strip-tilling. This fall, itâ€™s fields with dry soils that may pose problems for strip-tillers.
You might call Jay Petty a pioneer, of sorts. The Pasco, Wash., farmer is the first in his area to trying strip-tilling, but apparently it's catching on. After he bought a strip-till rig last year three of his neighbors bought strip-till rigs as they search for ways to save time, money and fuel.
Erosion control and banded nutrient placement are a couple of the reasons New Prague, Minn., strip-tiller Greg Entinger adopted strip-till in 2015. He shares some of the economic objectives and measurable returns he's seen with reduced fuel usage, selling full-width tillage equipment and fertilizer cost savings.
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.