Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

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5th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Shifts in Row Unit Size, Setup & Timing of Strip-Building

Greater percentage of strip-tillers ran 8-row units, preferred shank-style setups while far fewer spring strip-tilled in 2017.
Flexibility is a luxury strip-tillers often speak of with their system. The ability to adapt row-unit setups to suit field conditions, and even shift the timing of strip-building to accommodate for Mother Nature’s unpredictability, can pay big dividends for strip-tillers.
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5th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Experience, Age & Location of Strip-Tillers Evolving

Geographic and demographic trends underscore transition, expansion of strip-till methods.
Strip-till is often equated to a puzzle, with farmers having to assemble aspects of equipment, fertilizer application, technology, seed selection and soil health together. When one piece is missing, others don’t often fit.
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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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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

Shifting Preferences for Brand, Size and Setup of Strip-Till Rigs

Fewer strip-tillers used mole knives, while brand diversity and the number of row units increased.
As many strip-tillers can attest, finding the right mix of equipment to maximize performance and productivity in the field is an evolving process. It may takes years or even decades of experimentation with different toolbars, row units and attachments to find the right combination.
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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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