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Strip-Till Viable on Both Ends of Cross-Country Farm Move

Texas corn producers move their farm 1,300 miles east and pick up where they left off when their High Plains strip-till operation was displaced by a growing dairy. The sand’s the same in South Carolina.
It’s rare when a farm gets bought out that the owner moves half way across the country just to start again. That’s what brothers Brandon and Colt Woody did, after some serious, careful planning.
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Adjusting Equipment, Adding Crops Improves No-Till, Strip-Till Operation

Jordan and Katie Hancock have added variable-rate technology, cover crops, canola and strip-till to their no-till farm in southern Kentucky to control erosion, save inputs and increase profits.
No-till and strip-till are natural solutions to stopping erosion and pumping up profits, but the Hancock family is looking to do better.
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To Make Cover Crops Fit, a Little Space Makes a Big Difference

Through improvements to his implement guidance and air seeder setup, Chapin, Ill., farmer John Werries finds the cure for cover crop overgrowth and accuracy missteps.
John Werries, his son Dean, and one employee are no strangers to making adjustments year-to-year to combat the unpredictable conditions of their Chapin, Ill., operation of no-tilled beans and strip-tilled corn.
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Combining Experience with Experimentation for a Progressive, Profitable Strip-Till System

Proving the practices they put to work on a diverse strip-till operation requires a willingness to try — and sometimes fail — but always learn for Megan and Eric Wallendal.
The phrase “change is constant” is an appropriate one to summarize the ever-evolving strip-till operation that Megan Wallendal and her husband, Eric, manage at Alsum Farms, in Grand Marsh, Wis.
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Surviving & Thriving with Minimal Moisture Strip-Till

Strip-till counteracts prolonged drought conditions on a 17,000-acre operation, reduces fuel and labor costs by $80 per acre while producing 275 bushel corn yields.
During California's devastating 2012-15 drought, many Central Valley growers depending on surface water to irrigate crops were forced to cut planted acres — and potential income — by up to 50%.
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Conquering Stubborn Soils and Residue with a Switch to Strip-Till

Seeding and fertilizing experimentation enables Nebraska farmers to better manage residue, convert poor fields into pivotal performers.
Conventional wisdom is overrated for Nickerson, Neb., farmers Kirk Brand and Brent Willnerd, especially when it comes to getting the most out of their 2,600-acre corn and soybean operation.
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Making the Organic Transition: Consider Rotation & Cover Crop Options

Two strip-tillers talk through the rationale and rewards of adding organic acres to a diverse farm operation.
Organic farming operations are gaining traction as growers explore the economic opportunity in making the transition. Strip-tiller and no-tiller Loran Steinlage, owner of FLOLO Farms in West Union, Iowa, recently sat down with Angela Knuth, who manages Knuth Farms in Mead, Neb.
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Seeding Strategies, Species Selection Shape Strip-Tillers’ Cover Crop Choices

Growers strip-tilling and seeding cover crops tend to prefer multi-species mixes with cereal rye being the most popular variety.
Strip-tillers are innovative and push the envelope by nature. That’s just how they are wired. Growers who use strip-till and also plant cover crops take that drive to the next level, as we discovered in the first-annual Cover Crop Strategies Cover Crop Benchmark Study.
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7th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Technology Adoption, Yields & Organic Acreage Increase for Strip-Tillers

Despite the challenges of 2019, strip-tillers topped 200-bushel corn, explored organic practices and added precision farming tools to their operations.
Results of the 7th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study, evaluating 2019 cropping practices, saw some subtle and more significant shifts in strip-till practices.
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