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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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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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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Strip-Till Conversion Mellows Tough U.K. Soils

Turning to a modified strip-till setup that includes cover crops, Alex Shutes is saving time and money and seeing improved soil conditions with little or no yield drag.
A few years ago as circumstances changed on his farm, Alex Shutes faced the task of raising several spring and winter crops in a tillage-intensive system as a one-man operation. It seemed like a daunting task.
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[Podcast] Pushing Populations & Production with Twin-Row Strip-Till

In this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> Podcast bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Snover, Mich., farmer Ryan Shaw shares the systematic setup and implementation of his twin-row strip-till system, along with the vital role cover crops play in his cropping rotation.
In this Strip-Till Farmer Podcast, bought to you by Topcon Agriculture, Snover, Mich., farmer Ryan Shaw shares the systematic setup and implementation of his twin-row strip-till system, along with the vital role cover crops play in his cropping rotation.
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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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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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