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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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Strip-Till & Cover Crops Transform Texas Grain Farm

It’s said “necessity is the mother of invention” and that “adversity can be a blessing in disguise.” The extreme drought across the Southern Plains in 2011 and 2012 provided a lot of “necessity and adversity” and Bill Weems says he’s one of a number of farmers in the middle of the Texas Panhandle who are better off for the experience.
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Committing to Strip-Till Transforms High Plains Farm

Harold Grall credits good records, strip-till and new technology for his ability to double his farm size while cutting fuel and irrigation water.
Harold Grall already had extensive experience growing corn and grain sorghum in the Texas Panhandle when he bought out his mentor, Dale Coleman, and started farming on his own in 1994. At that time, he was farming 3,700 acres of High Plains silt-clay loam just north of Dumas, Texas, and was committed to ridge-till and furrow irrigation.
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