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Jack Zemlicka

How Far are You Stretching Your Strip-Till Investment?

Talking with strip-tillers during the early part of 2018, many are making equipment modifications in preparation for the coming cropping season. While planter preparations are top of mind, farmers are also evaluating when, how and where to expand their strip-till operation.
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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Pushing Crop Production with a Strategic Approach to Strip-Till

Trending growth in corn, soybean yields validated by increases in strip-till acres, cover crops and adoption of implement guidance technology.
Trending growth in corn, soybean yields validated by increases in strip-till acres, cover crops and adoption of implement guidance technology.
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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study Extras

Stability in Size, Setup of Equipment, Separation in Timing of Field Preparation

Strip-tillers favor 12-row rigs and shank-style setups on row units, while preference for fall or spring strip-building increases.
Strip-tillers favor 12-row rigs and shank-style setups on row units, while preference for fall or spring strip-building increases.
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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Row Cleaners, Fertilizer Boxes, RTK are Popular Items Among Strip-Tillers

Fertilizing practices and products remain consistent, while strip-tillers trend toward sprayer ownership and increasing accuracy with applications.
Fertilizing practices and products remain consistent, while strip-tillers trend toward sprayer ownership and increasing accuracy with applications.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Cover Cropping, Twin-Row Strip-Till Continue to Rise

More than 50% of benchmark respondents utilize cover crops, while the percent of strip-tillers planting twin rows has more than doubled.
As strip-tillers search for efficient, economical ways to retain moisture and nutrients in their soils, an increasing number are turning to cover crops. Analysis of the 3rd Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study revealed another uptick in their use.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Blending Fertilizer into the Berm, Variable-Rate Application Increase

Anhydrous and zinc applications decline, while more farmers applied monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and urea with strip-till rigs in 2015.
Strip-tillers often cite targeted fertilizer placement as a key benefit of the practice, to ensure that plant roots can access nutrients throughout the growing season. But the 3rd Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study revealed some interesting changes in what type of fertilizer strip-tillers are applying and how.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Strip-Tilled Corn Acres, Soybean Yields Increase

The overall average of strip-tilled acres per farm grew by nearly 200, while average corn yields topped 190 and soybean yields jumped 4 bushels.
For the second year in a row, farmers increased the average number of acres they strip-tilled, despite a minor dip in the percentage of farm acreage strip-tilled.
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2016 Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Diversity of Methods Produce Strip-Till Stability and Flexibility

Increased adoption of cover crops and variable-rate fertilizing help strip-tillers maintain corn yields and increase soybean yields in 2015.
Building confidence in a strip-till system can come through a variety of avenues — utilizing cover crops to strengthen soils, refreshing fall-built strips with a spring pass to create an ideal seedbed, or variable-rate applying fertilizer with a strip-till rig for more efficient placement and usage of nutrients.
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