Seeding & Planting

Information and tips about seeding and planting cash crops and cover crops using the strip-till method, as well as equipment innovations and trends.

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[Podcast] Capitalizing on High-Value Strip-Tilled Crops & Organic Opportunities

In this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we're joined by Megan Wallendal who explains their pursuit of creative and often, lucrative outcomes strip-tilling high-value crops along with their ongoing transition to organic practices on their operation.
In this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we're joined by Megan Wallendal who explains their pursuit of creative and often, lucrative outcomes strip-tilling high-value crops along with their ongoing transition to organic practices on their operation.
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[Podcast] Exploring Early Economic Payback with Strip-Till

In this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we share excerpts from a more recent conversation with Gene Kuntz, site manager at Farmamerica, who shares some of the details on the research farm’s strip-till trials, including seeding strategies, cover cropping and early returns.
In this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, we share excerpts from a more recent conversation with Gene Kuntz, site manager at Farmamerica, who shares some of the details on the research farm’s strip-till trials, including seeding strategies, cover cropping and early returns.
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5 Tips for Strip-Tilled Sugarbeet Success

Strip-tilling sugarbeets by trial and error since 2014 has taught Michigan farmer Ryan Shaw how the practice can result in input reductions and cost savings.
‘You can’t strip-till sugarbeets,’ is something Snover, Mich., farmer Ryan Shaw had grown accustomed to hearing. But, since introducing strip-till on his 1,400-acre corn, soybean and sugarbeet operation in 2014, a glance at his fields provides evidence to the contrary.
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Justifying a Switch to Strip-Tilling with Early Progress & Profit

Illinois farmer sees roughly $45 per-acre savings and an up to 20-bushel yield advantage on marginal soils with a transition to strip-tilling.
For the past 6 years, Seth Wenzel and his father, Brian, have been transitioning to strip-tilled corn on their 4,000-acre farm near Kent, in northwest Illinois. Wenzel maintains a consistent corn and soybean rotation with approximately two-thirds of his acreage planted with corn annually.
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Adding Strip-Till Acres, Subtracting Costs Equals Escalating Production

Moisture retention and fuel savings are major reasons Gruhlkey Farms in the Texas Panhandle makes extensive use of strip-till on their growing 8,000-acre irrigated operation.
In 2013, the Gruhlkey brothers of Wildorado, Texas, were all in their 20s when they kicked off their own irrigated farming operation based on the latest water-use efficiency methods available to them at the time and strip-till management they had been using on their farm since 2007.
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Building a Sustainable Hybrid No-Till, Strip-Till System

From interseeding cover crops to strip-till to adopting precision technology,the Grubbs family is improving their soils and increasing crop yields.
Gerard Grubb admits that one of the reasons he became interested in no-till was because he simply didn’t want to plow. “I’m a lazy man farmer,” he says. “I can’t stand plowing.”
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Positioning Fertilizer to Hit the Sweet Spot of Strip-Tilled Corn Roots - Dorviar Ruiz Diaz - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Location is everything when it comes to maximizing the benefits of banded fertilizer application in strip-till. How deep is too deep and how far away from the seed is too far? A recent study by Kansas State University researchers examined the impact that distance of fertilizer application from the seed can have on early emergence of corn in strip-till systems. Soil fertility specialist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz will analyze the research results and share some best practices for strip-tillers to consider when banding fertilizer.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

Taking a Continuous Approach to Strip-Tilled Corn-on-Corn - Mike Shuter - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Audio Download

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For some farmers, their early transition to strip-till conjures up fond memories of higher yields or improved fertilizer placement, while for others, building those first berms serves more as reminder of how far they’ve come in their operation. Looking back on a decade of striptilling, Mike Shuter recalls both the pains and the gains encountered on 2,500 acres of strip-tilled corn at Shuter Sunset Farms in Frankton, Ind.

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Management Strategies for Strip-Tilling Seed Corn & Soybeans - Jason Wykoff and Adam Souder - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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With the majority of his farm under center-pivot irrigation, Jason Wykoff relies on more than annual precipitation to successfully strip-till seed corn and soybeans on a 4,500-acre operation in New Carlisle, Ind. Limiting passes through the field and building soil structure are strip-till priorities for the Wykoffs, who have realized 20-30% savings in fuel, with an eye on slashing fuel costs by at least half.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

A Rooted Approach to Strip-Till Corn Productivity - Mike Petersen - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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 Roots are the somewhat forgotten side of the corn plant, but it’s where more than 95% of nutrients are absorbed, stored or transported. 

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2014 Speaker Presentations

What I've Learned From Various Toolbar Setups Through The Years - Charlie Hammer - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Charlie Hammer is on the eternal hunt for the perfect strip-till rig. The veteran strip-tiller from Beaver Dam, Wis., has cycled through several combinations of implements in recent years in the quest to find an ideal fit for the 2,100 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat he and his wife Nancy Kavazanjian grow. View

2014 Speaker Presentations

Why Strip-Till Is Close To A Perfect Tillage System In Row Crops - Tony Vyn - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Tony Vyn has participated in research for more than 30 years comparing strip-tilled corn to other tillage systems on different soil types following corn, soybeans and winter wheat. The Purdue University cropping systems and tillage specialist will share how the expanded plantingtime “window” of strip-till and the relative yield performance of strip-till systems have grown as equipment has improved and farmer utilization of precise automatic guidance has grown. View

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