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Adding Strip-Till Acres, Subtracting Costs Equals Escalating Production

Moisture retention and fuel savings are major reasons Gruhlkey Farms in the Texas Panhandle makes extensive use of strip-till on their growing 8,000-acre irrigated operation.
In 2013, the Gruhlkey brothers of Wildorado, Texas, were all in their 20s when they kicked off their own irrigated farming operation based on the latest water-use efficiency methods available to them at the time and strip-till management they had been using on their farm since 2007.
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Cutting Fertilizer Application Costs with a Precision Strip-Till System

High Plains Kansas operation Kramer Seed Farms moves to strip-till to save labor and fuel and finds up to $67 savings per-acre in nitrogen.
Ben McClure was a recent ag economics graduate from Kansas State University when he went to work for Kramer Seed Farms in southwestern Kansas near Hugoton in 2003. His arrival came just as the multigenerational family farm was about to embark on a series of changes that has radically altered its farming operation, and significantly boosted its financial well-being.
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Strip-Till Viable on Both Ends of Cross-Country Farm Move

Texas corn producers move their farm 1,300 miles east and pick up where they left off when their High Plains strip-till operation was displaced by a growing dairy. The sand’s the same in South Carolina.
It’s rare when a farm gets bought out that the owner moves half way across the country just to start again. That’s what brothers Brandon and Colt Woody did, after some serious, careful planning.
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Surviving & Thriving with Minimal Moisture Strip-Till

Strip-till counteracts prolonged drought conditions on a 17,000-acre operation, reduces fuel and labor costs by $80 per acre while producing 275 bushel corn yields.
During California’s devastating 2012-15 drought, many Central Valley growers depending on surface water to irrigate crops were forced to cut planted acres — and potential income — by up to 50%.
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Cutting Nitrogen Costs by 40% with Strip-Till

Mark Ricker has seen yields grow, soil health improve and applied nutrient usage fall since switching from no-till to strip-till more than 20 years ago.
Mark Ricker switched from no-till to strip-till in 1995 and in the ensuing 22 years he has continually improved his yields, while at the same time, cut his fertilizer purchases by 40%.
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Strip-Till Makes Good Match for Farming Flat with Surface Irrigation

San Joaquin Valley dairy ditches the dikes to water and plant on flat fields, using strip-till to cut labor and fuel costs in half and achieve better timing on planting and pest control.
San Joaquin Valley dairy ditches the dikes to water and plant on flat fields, using strip-till to cut labor and fuel costs in half and achieve better timing on planting and pest control.
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