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Getting Out of the Rut with Cover Crop Interseeding, Weed Suppression

Strip-tiller and no-tiller Tom Cotter is boosting the value of his soils in the heart of the Corn Belt by putting the iron away and keeping his fields covered and active year round.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with farming, but that’s a major reason Tom Cotter did the opposite of that and turned to no-tilling, strip-tilling and interseeding cover crops to rejuvenate his farm.
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Cover Crop Conversation: Strip-Tillers Share Methods & Modifications

Seeding strategies and selecting varieties were among the topics of conversation during an exclusive roundtable dinner ahead of the 5th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference.
Strip-tillers tend to be naturally inquisitive. So having the opportunity to assemble a diverse group for a candid dinner conversation provided plenty of productive back-and-forth on a range of topics.
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6 Strip-Till Adjustments for Ideal Berm-Building

Close scrutiny of soil structure and constant equipment evaluations has led Mead, Neb., farmer Kerry Knuth to be more effective, economical and efficient with strip-till.
Mead, Neb., farmer Kerry Knuth, made the transition from dragging a disc ripper and mulch finisher across his 2,200-acre corn and soybeans operation to strip-tillage back in 2005. Though a “set it and forget it,” philosophy works on some farms, Knuth quickly determined that building an ideal berm required adaptation and experimentation to accommodate ever-changing field conditions. 
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5th Annual Strip-Till Benchmark Study

Population Adjustments Play Into Seeding Strategies for Strip-Tillers

Strip-tillers increase average seeding rates for corn, decrease for soybeans and better than half utilize cover crops in their operations.
As farmers dial into determining where and when to push or scale back on seeding rates, strip-tillers have — on average — consistently planted lower populations than no-tillers for both corn and soybeans.
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Leveraging Data, Tissue Tests For Variable-Rate Payback

A relentless approach to data collection, tissue testing and management zones puts Sparland, Ill., strip-tiller Jay Riddell in the driver’s seat to optimize seed and fertilizer rates on corn and soybeans
For decades, the spring season was consistently stressful for Sparland, Ill., grower Jay Riddell. He dedicated days to running a field cultivator though his 1,500 corn and soybean acres while hoping for a suitable seedbed to plant into.
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5th Annual Strip-Till Benchmark Study

Timing & Types of Fertilizer to Accommodate Seasonal Need

Strip-tillers shying away from spring-applied potassium and phosphorus, as well as anhydrous application with the strip-till rig.
Being able to adapt and improve a fertility program is a constant evolution. While it won’t eliminate all of the variables that can influence root structure, plant growth or nutrient uptake — a flexible strategy can at least better manage them.
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