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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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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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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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2020 National Cover Crop Summit: Fall Edition

Improving Soil Health Through Diverse Crop Rotations Including Covers

Cronin Farms agronomy manager, Dan Forgey, discusses integrating cover crops into crop rotations during the online National Cover Crop Summit: Fall 2020 Edition.
Diversifying crop rotations can offer significant positive results, improving soil health and boosting biological activity and nutrient cycling. Cronin Farms, a no-till operation based near Gettysburg, S.D., has crop rotations down to a science, including forages and cover crops.
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Truterra and Nori Partner Up to Support Farmer Participation In Carbon Markets

The new pilot program focuses on addressing a key infrastructure challenge holding back the development of an ecosystem services marketplace at scale: the ability to easily translate existing farm data that capture the carbon removal impact of on-farm conservation practices into potential carbon credits that could offer a new viable revenue stream for farmers.
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Taking the Stress Out of Strip-Tilled Corn to Improve Yields - Jerry Hatfield - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Keeping plants healthy throughout the growing season is critical to a successful corn crop. But understanding and satisfying early season nutrient needs can help strip-tillers set the stage for a bumper crop. Jerry Hatfield, supervisory plant physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has done extensive research on the interactions within the soil-plant-atmosphere spectrum and their connection to air, water and soil quality. Hatfield will discuss recent research that looks at the correlation between early-season nutrient applications on plant health in strip-tilled corn and its impact on yields.

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Creating a Biological Architecture for Strip-Till Success - Tim Smith - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Building a sustainable strip-till system and strengthening soil structure are cornerstones of Tim Smith’s corn and soybean operation in Eagle Grove, Iowa. A commitment to the NRCS’s Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) has helped Smith limit erosion, reduce fertilizer application costs and increase equipment and fuel efficiency. “The biggest return with strip-till is greatly reduced soil loss,” he says. “My soil holds up better in adverse conditions by having more residue on top to preserve structure.” Smith will share how the addition of cover crops, refinements to his nutrient management practices and the introduction of a bioreactor have contributed to a comprehensive strip-tilling strategy.

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Increasing ‘Yieldability’ of Strip-Tilled Soybeans - Ryan Groholske - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Farming 1,800 acres in Tekonsha, Mich., strip-tiller Ryan Groholske is accustomed to navigating rocky — though fertile — ground with rewarding results. Having increased strip-tilled corn yields by as much as 50 bushels per acre in some areas through intensive fertilizer experimentation, Groholske has had success applying similar strategies to increase soybean production and profitability. “With strip-till, I have a raised berm, so the plants are higher than the rest of the ground, especially on top of that corn stubble, so we’re able to harvest the plants a little bit lower,” he says. Groholske will relate his strip-tilled soybean success to his overall farm management system that includes banded nutrient applications and extensive fertilizer application analysis.

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How Well Do You Know Your Strip-Till Soils? - Ray Archuleta - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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With more than 25 years of field experience with the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ray Archuleta is widely regarded for his hands-on approach to analyzing and comparing soil health in a variety of tillage systems throughout the U.S. and overseas. Archuleta’s belief that promoting healthy strip-till soils requires following the lead of nature has solidified his reputation as a leading advocate for conservation tillage systems and earned him the nickname, ‘Ray the Soils Guy.’

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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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Getting an Accurate Reading on Soil Heath with Strip-Till - Fabian Fernandez - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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University of Minnesota nutrient management specialist Fabian Fernandez understands the nutrient application flexibility that a strip-till system offers. His current research focuses on nutrient management in corn cropping systems and identifying and implementing sustainable nitrogen management practices aimed at minimizing environmental impacts and improving yields. Fernandez will compare nutrient management practices for strip-till and no-till and how to properly take soil samples to accurately represent the fertility of a field when banding fertilizer in the strip vs. a broadcast application.

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Digging Into Long-Term Soil Health Benefits of Strip-Till - Tom Muller - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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An early adopter of strip-till in his area nearly 20 years ago, Windom, Minn., farmer Tom Muller understands that creating an ideal seedbed and limiting compaction in his silty clay loam soil is only a partial benefit of the practice. Farming 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans, he’s been able to virtually “drought proof” his fields through increased water-holding capacity and infiltration.

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Setting Strip-Till Goals to Match Field & Soil Conditions - Joey Hanson - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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Growing up on a small farm in southeastern South Dakota, Joey Hanson struggled with finding the right tillage fit for the operation. Strip-till proved to be the answer to consistent yields and targeted fertilizer placement. Custom strip-tilling several thousand acres into various soil types, topography and crop rotations, the Elk Point, S.D., farmer and consultant with Diversified Agronomy deals with plenty of variability and diversity with strip-tillers within their operations.

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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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Maximizing Nutrient Uptake In The Root Zone, Balancing Soil & Minerals - Bob Yanda - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Achieving proper soil fertility comes down to hitting the maximum level of nutrients that are exchangeable in the soil for optimal crop performance. This means nutrients are available in a form that the plant roots can absorb from the soil complex. Bob Yanda says the levels of nutrients are important, but it’s more critical that they be exchangeable to the root. View

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[Webinar] Understanding Soil Health – Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

3/13/19
In this webinar, sponsored by AgroLiquid, Dr. Zouheir Massri will help you understand soil health as its related to soil functionality and where we need to go to take soil health to the next level. Read More

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