Water Management

Strategies for preserving or managing moisture in strip-till systems, including tiles, cover crops, irrigation and other approaches.

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How Drought Affects Corn at Each Growth Stage

Corn plants need 1.25 inches of rain each week in July and August to maintain rapid growth and produce the best possible yields. The University of Missouri summarizes the effects from moderate drought on corn plants and the resulting impact on yield.
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[Podcast] Why Farming is More Complex Than Rocket Science with Jerry Hatfield

In this episode of the <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Terrasym by NewLeaf Symbiotics, Jerry Hatfield, the retired director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, shares data indicating how strip-till increases soil organic matter, what’s an ideal water infiltration rate for soil, his advice on when you should get into carbon markets and more.
In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Terrasym by NewLeaf Symbiotics, Jerry Hatfield, the retired director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, shares data indicating how strip-till increases soil organic matter, what’s an ideal water infiltration rate for soil, his advice on when you should get into carbon markets and more.
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[Podcast] Biological Farming, Carbon Cycle, Modified Strip-Till Systems & More

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Terrasym, we’re revisiting Strip-Till Farmer’s top 5 most played episodes of 2021 to share highlights from conversations that resonated most with other strip-tillers. Some are even among the most listened to episodes ever since we started this podcast in 2016, including our #1 episode of the year, “Biological Farming with Gary Zimmer.”
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Terrasym, we’re revisiting Strip-Till Farmer’s top 5 most played episodes of 2021 to share highlights from conversations that resonated most with other strip-tillers. Some are even among the most listened to episodes ever since we started this podcast in 2016, including our #1 episode of the year, “Biological Farming with Gary Zimmer.”
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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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Making Every Drop of Moisture Count in Strip-Till - Steve Olson - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Farming in arid conditions, Plainview, Texas, strip-tiller Steve Olson views water as a precious commodity on his 2,500-acre cotton, corn, sorghum and wheat operation. With most of his strip-tilled corn and cotton under center pivot or drip irrigation, he uses moisture probe technology and intensive water management practices to maximize crop yields in a drought-stricken area. Olson will share his experience and advice for making every drop of moisture count in a strip-till system and how he’s designed a sustainable fertility program to accommodate his dry conditions.

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Taking a Natural Approach to Managing Weeds, Reducing Erosion & Improving Water Infiltration - Jerry Ackerman - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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While strip-till can dramatically improve soil structure and health, there are additional practices that can supplement a system to further increase productivity. Cover crops have proven to be a valuable asset in retaining nutrients for Lakefield, Minn., farmer Jerry Ackermann. But through aggressive experimentation during the last 3 years, he’s also seeing added benefits that have helped reduce input costs and increase yields. Ackermann will share how his evolving cover cropping program has accelerated water infiltration and reduced reliance on herbicide application.

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Applying Science & Technology to Improve Conservation-Tillage Practices - Bill Northey - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is a fourth-generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa. His priorities as Secretary include advancing science and new technologies to better care for Iowa’s air, soil and water.

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A Refreshing Approach to Controlling Erosion with Strip-Till - Todd Mooberry - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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Lowpoint, Ill., farmer Todd Mooberry understands that every field is different and one size doesn’t fit all with strip-till. Mooberry began strip-tilling corn in 2001 on his 1,800-acre operation and seeking ways to better adapt the practice to the variable soil types and slopes on his farm. He designed several products to improve strip-till efficiency, including a strip-freshener attachment to run through soybean stubble in spring as an alternative to no-till. Mooberry will offer some tips and equipment strategies to help minimize erosion concerns on rolling ground, better time fertilizer application and utilize cover crops in strip-till.

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