The last few years have prompted some strip-tillers to reevaluate their crop rotation and adjust to the fluctuating commodity market. Talking with a few farmers, they acknowledged making some pre-season planting decisions based in part on the price of corn and soybeans.
With an increasing global population, a shrinking agricultural land base, climate change and extreme weather events, the nations of the world are focusing their collective attention to the primary resource essential to food production - the soil.
Source: Ruth and Dwayne Beck, South Dakota State University
Historically farmers considered crop rotation a valuable part of their farm management. Crop rotations can be complicated or straightforward. In any given situation there are many factors that each farmer will need to weigh and consider as they find the right crop rotation for them. There are a few guidelines that can help producers with their planning.
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.