Innovate, innovator and innovation are words I find myself coming back to over and over again when writing about strip-tillers. Every strip-tiller is doing something to push the boundaries of yield, meticulous management and environmental responsibility.
A group of companies called the Agricultural Climate Market Collaborative believes that lack of “transparency” is one of major road blocks to acceptance. To address transparency, the Collaborative developed eleven principles to guide carbon ecosystem marketers when forming these new contracts with growers.
Talk to any strip-tiller, and they’ll give you a long list of benefits of switching to strip-till. They’re doing more with less by slashing their inputs and fuel costs, improving their soil health and water infiltration, and quite possibly gaining yield.
In May, I had the opportunity to tour Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg, Iowa. It was an offer I couldn't refuse, as I wasn't sure if I'd be lucky enough to go on the tour during the 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
What goes up must come down, as the saying goes. We certainly hope that’s the case when it comes to the rising prices of, well, just about everything lately. From February 2021 to February 2022, the Consumer Price Index rose 7.9% — the fastest price spike in 40 years.
California farmer Tom Barcellos discusses the challenges of strip-tilling in his unusual environment and how his Bigham strip-till bar and the Orthman 1tripr are able to overcome these hurdles. He'll detail his equipment setup as well as describe how extensive use of RTK GPS to ensure everything lines up with the strip.
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.