Water Management

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

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[Podcast] Inside the Cab with Illinois Strip-Tiller Jay Riddell

For this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, we're riding in the combine with Putnam, Ill., strip-tiller Jay Riddell as he completes corn harvest on one of his farms.
For this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, we're riding in the combine with Putnam, Ill., strip-tiller Jay Riddell as he completes corn harvest on one of his farms.
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[Podcast] SIMPAS Technology Takes Prescription Application to New Level

In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, you’ll hear Jim Lappin, AMVAC director of SIMPAS product portfolio & Alliances, and Caleb Schultz, AMVC retail channel precision ag services lead, break down the basics of SIMPAS technology and why strip-tillers are excited about it.
In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, you’ll hear Jim Lappin, AMVAC director of SIMPAS product portfolio & alliances, and Caleb Schultz, AMVC retail channel precision ag services lead, break down the basics of SIMPAS technology and why strip-tillers are excited about it.
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[Podcast] Managing Effects of Drought Stress in the Fall

In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, we speak with Dan Berning, Pioneer agronomy manager, and Scott Walker, Pioneer marketing manager. Berning and Walker explain how to manage drought conditions and share tips on what to do in the fall to set yourself up for success in the spring.
In this episode of the Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by the Pluribus Lite from Dawn Equipment, we speak with Dan Berning, Pioneer agronomy manager, and Scott Walker, Pioneer marketing manager. Berning and Walker explain how to manage drought conditions and share tips on what to do in the fall to set yourself up for success in the spring.
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Adding Up Strip-Till Benefits Equals Measurable Yield Gains, Nutrient Efficiency

After 20 years of strip-till, Nebraska’s Scott Bussell has proven effective in saving soil, moisture, time and labor, while enabling more efficient use of applied nutrients.
Scott Bussell says there’s a big difference in maximum production and optimum production when it comes to his farm’s bottom line, and he credits 20 years of strip-till management for helping him take advantage of that difference.
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Strip-Till Viable on Both Ends of Cross-Country Farm Move

Texas corn producers move their farm 1,300 miles east and pick up where they left off when their High Plains strip-till operation was displaced by a growing dairy. The sand’s the same in South Carolina.
It’s rare when a farm gets bought out that the owner moves half way across the country just to start again. That’s what brothers Brandon and Colt Woody did, after some serious, careful planning.
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Strip-Till & Cover Crops Offer ‘Best of Both Worlds’

The Isley family has improved water retention and soil structure and stability by integrating annual ryegrass and rapeseed covers into their strip-till operation.

In  2012, the Isley family took a firm dislike to using the word “dirt.” They had gone through a substantial drought and were working ground, watching it turn to powder. 


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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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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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