Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill is associate editor for the ag division, contributing primarily to Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Farmer, No-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. Hill has a farm background and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Ag Journalism and a minor in Animal Science. She has previously served as managing editor of DairyBusiness and is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and American Ag Editors’ Association.

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Bio Strip-Till, Cover Crops Effectively Manage Soil Moisture

Implementing bio strip-till and targeted fertilizer placement results in yield increases, even in cool, heavy soils.

Building healthy soil is a journey. Each grower is on their own journey, and that means an individual path with choices of how to improve your soil. Joe Breker, a grower from Havana, N.D., has found that using bio strip-till has helped his cash crops emerge earlier while managing moisture and improving the grazing potential of the cover crops.


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Highlights from the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

The in-person conference offered a wide range of topics and outstanding speakers for growers to learn from and interact with.

More than 300 growers and industry professionals from across the globe gathered in Omaha, Neb., in early August for the 8th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference (NSTC).


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Building an Advanced Eco-System with Strip-Till, Cover Crops

Managing an 11,000-acre operation, Kentucky grower Brandon Hunt has created a robust strip-till system with cover crops, but figuring out the details of seeding populations, timing and how wide to make rows of covers was challenging.
In the 2020 cover crop benchmark study conducted by Strip-Till Farmer sister publication, Cover Crop Strategies, the data found that 42% of growers have only used cover crops for 5 years. Brandon Hunt, Herndon, Ky., is one of those newer cover crop adopters.
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4 More Takeaways from the 7th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference

The virtual event assembled a diverse group of strip-till experts sharing experience-based advice on cover crop integration, custom strip-till economics and high-yielding corn tips.
The 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference (NSTC), held this summer, may have looked a little different than previous years’ events. But the idea-sharing and diversity of topics discussed during general sessions, classroom presentations and live roundtables embodied the annual experience attendees have come to expect. Here are 4 highlights from this year’s event.
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From the Field: Widening the Window for Spring Strip-Till

Accommodating field conditions and increasing confidence in strip-till fuel a three-fold increase in custom strip-till acres this spring for Elk Point, S.D. farmer Joey Hanson.
Strip-tilling fields in southern South Dakota is underway, as of last week, according to Joey Hanson, a custom strip-tiller from Elk Point, S.D. “We started on April 8, and ran for three days,” he says. “I’ve done 600 acres so far — three times the amount I was able to strip-till in the spring of 2019.”
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