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.

ARTICLES

Crunching the Numbers on Custom Strip-Till

Kentland, Ind., farmer Jesse Stoller breaks down the costs of equipment ownership vs. the benefits of custom strip-tilling.
For farmers curious about the benefits of reducing their tillage practices, custom strip-till can be an efficient and affordable entry point. For farmers already building strips every year, it can be a lucrative business opportunity. 
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Making Environmental, Financial Gains with Strip-Till & Cover Crops

Iowa farmer improves soil, reduces inputs and achieves consistent yields with strip-till system.
Eric Hawbaker didn’t grow up on a farm, but a decade of working in the fertilizer industry as an agronomist, service tech and precision ag salesman left him concerned about the losses he saw occurring as a result of broadcasting nutrients.
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Boosting a Strip-Till System with Intercropping, Companion & Relay Cropping

Nebraska strip-tiller shares keys to success for multiple cropping systems.
Ty Fickenscher, owner of Upward Ag Systems in Axtell, Neb., is passionate about helping farmers reap the benefits of strip-till. He stepped up to the podium at the 2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference to share how companion cropping, intercropping and relay cropping can take an operation to the next level.
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Strip-Till Innovation on Display at Farm Progress Show

AGuru, Black Eagle, Ostara and Yetter Launch New Products.
Strip-Till Farmer editors gathered intel on the latest strip-till products hitting the market, at the 2022 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Here’s a look at some of the top strip-till related items that stood out. Check out everything our cameras captured at StripTillFarmer.com/media/videos. 
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[Video] First Look: Black Eagle Ag Solutions Strip Till Unit

Drawing upon years of strip-till experience, Black Eagle Ag Solutions has developed their new strip-till unit which debuted at the 2022 Farm Progress Show. Designed with the farmer's needs in mind, this strip-tillage unit hopes to innovate on the existing market row units by including air adjustable row cleaners accessible from the cab and making setting the machine as easy as possible.
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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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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

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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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