An early adopter of strip-till in his area nearly 20 years ago, Windom, Minn., farmer Tom Muller understands that creating an ideal seedbed and limiting compaction in his silty clay loam soil is only a partial benefit of the practice. Farming 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans, he’s been able to virtually “drought proof” his fields through increased water-holding capacity and infiltration.
Any given clump of Muller’s soil is bound to contain evidence of healthy earthworm activity, which is something he says is paying dividends to include consistent strip-tilled corn yields and a reduced threat of insect infestations. Muller will reflect on his long-term philosophy to improve soil structure and health through strip-till and offer tips for improving earthworm populations in your fields.
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