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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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New Cover Crop Information Map Centralizes Research and Farm Trial Data

As interest and integration of cover crops accelerate, the industry has been challenged in its ability to provide easy to access, comprehensive information. Recently, cover crop application company GO SEED developed the Cover Crop Information Map to provide a free, centralized platform for knowledge exchange.
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From Seeds to Strips, Variety Goes the Distance

Sharon, Wis., strip-tiller Mike Cerny isn’t afraid to shake things up and adapt new practices to take productivity, yields to a higher level.
In a farming career spanning over four decades, not much fazes Mike Cerny at this point. From downturns to data and drones, the “combo-tiller” knows better than to get carried away with any given industry ‘breakthrough,’ although he is always willing to at least give one a try.
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Stretching Strip-Till Value with Crop Diversity, Cover Crop Height

A quarter-century of strip-till for Georgia grower Barry Martin complements shoulder-high cereal rye cover crops in peanuts and cotton to reduce erosion, boost organic matter and simplify planting.
Barry Martin was completely convinced of the benefits of a heavy cereal rye cover crop on his cotton and peanut farm near Hawkinsville in central Georgia long before cover crops were the rage.
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Sponsored Content: Building Healthier Soil and Profits with Strip-Till

The Timing is Right: Flexibility in the Timing of Strip-Till With Nutrient Application

Whether you are thinking about trying strip-till or already using strip-till in your farming operation, the question of timing comes up: fall or spring? There are many factors that go into this decision, including availability of equipment and labor, and weather and field conditions that change year to year.
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Clearing Out the Equipment Shed with a Switch to Strip-Till

Illinois grower Craig Taylor uses strip-till, custom services and cover crops to achieve competitive yields using less labor and machinery, while also catching more rainfall and building soil organic matter.
When Craig Taylor decided to reduce machinery costs on his 725-acre corn and soybean farm in west central Illinois, he was convinced to move to no-till farming.
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Managing Inputs to Boost Soil Health in a Strip-Till System

Continuous experimentation with nutrient application methods, products and timing has contributed to Kansas strip-tiller Josh Koehn consistently achieving 300-bushel corn.
Montezuma, Kan., farmer Josh Koehn says attention to detail is really what’s made the difference on his 10,000 acre farm. Feeling the need to manage residue better and build healthier soils, he switched from full tillage to strip-till back in 2008 on most of his 30% irrigated and 70% dryland operation.
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