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4 Strip-Till Supporting Principles of Soil Health

Ohio soil scientist, Frank Gibbs, shares his essential strategies for boosting soil health in a strip-till system — from increasing earthworm populations to keeping soil “alive” all year long.
Intentionally or not, farmers who’ve taken up strip-tilling have already made a commitment to rebuilding soil health. According to Rawson, Ohio, soil health expert Frank Gibbs, by being a bit more deliberate, strip-tillers can magnify the impact of their conservation efforts in ways that will show up on their bottom line.
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Capitalizing on Cover Crops, Cattle and a Commitment to Soil Health Principles

A combination of strip-till, no-till and a long-term economic strategy for rejuvenating soil biology puts Rock Creek, Minn., farmer Jon Stevens on the path to profitability.

We were moldboard plow, disc ripping and basically full tillage on our 700-acre Maple Creek Farms operation in Rock Creek, Minn., until 2013. 


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7 Tips for Continuous Success with Strip-Tilled Corn-on-Corn

From proper planter setup to split nitrogen applications, Illinois strip-tiller Cade Bushnell shares his experience making more than a decade of continuous strip-tilled corn work.
Strip-tilling continuous corn may sound daunting to many farmers, but Stillman Valley, Ill., strip-tiller Cade Bushnell believes it’s worth the investment of time, energy and strategic planning needed to make it economically worthwhile.
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Building an Advanced Eco-System with Strip-Till, Cover Crops

Managing an 11,000-acre operation, Kentucky grower Brandon Hunt has created a robust strip-till system with cover crops, but figuring out the details of seeding populations, timing and how wide to make rows of covers was challenging.
In the 2020 cover crop benchmark study conducted by Strip-Till Farmer sister publication, Cover Crop Strategies, the data found that 42% of growers have only used cover crops for 5 years. Brandon Hunt, Herndon, Ky., is one of those newer cover crop adopters.
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Adding Up Strip-Till Benefits Equals Measurable Yield Gains, Nutrient Efficiency

After 20 years of strip-till, Nebraska’s Scott Bussell has proven effective in saving soil, moisture, time and labor, while enabling more efficient use of applied nutrients.
Scott Bussell says there’s a big difference in maximum production and optimum production when it comes to his farm’s bottom line, and he credits 20 years of strip-till management for helping him take advantage of that difference.
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Putting Economics Behind the Benefits of Conservation Tillage Practices

Since 2013, the National Corn Growers Assn. and their partners have been working to increase the confident adoption of soil health management practices today and in the future through the Soil Health Partnership (SHP).
One critical key to confidence in a conservation tillage system investment includes proving out the economic benefits — or lack of economic penalties — for adopting those practices. Assigning dollar values to soil health improvements remains difficult.
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4 More Takeaways from the 7th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference

The virtual event assembled a diverse group of strip-till experts sharing experience-based advice on cover crop integration, custom strip-till economics and high-yielding corn tips.
The 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference (NSTC), held this summer, may have looked a little different than previous years’ events. But the idea-sharing and diversity of topics discussed during general sessions, classroom presentations and live roundtables embodied the annual experience attendees have come to expect. Here are 4 highlights from this year’s event.
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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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