Strip-Till Farming 101

New to strip-till? Gather more about the basic principles of strip-till systems and how to overcome the initial challenges to successfully convert to the practice. You'll find stories of successful strip-tillers and their operations. Read how they overcame their challenges.


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What I Learned from My First Year Strip-Tilling

National Strip-Tillage Conference returns Aug. 8-9
Retired co-owner and president of Case IH dealer Johnson Tractor, Leo Johnson, explains critical steps to take when switching to strip-till, what to consider when shopping for a strip-till rig, first-year planting challenges and more in his classroom "What I learned from My First Year Strip-Tilling."
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Strip-Till Benchmark Survey

Strip-Till Corn Yields 9 Bushels Higher Than No-Till Average in Dry Year

Steady yields & increased cover crop usage among key takeaways from 11th annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study
Strip-Till Farmer’s 11th annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study, with responses from 215 strip-tillers across the U.S., shows that strip-till yields didn’t take much of a dip in 2023, despite much of the country experiencing dry or drought conditions.
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Making Strip-Till Work with Only 7 Inches of Rain

National Strip-Tillage Conference returns Aug. 8-9
Strip-tiller Robert Boyle explains how to incorporate cover crops with strip-till in a dry climate, strategies for improving water efficiency in adverse conditions and how to save up to $500 per acre each year with water conservation and nutrient cycling in his classroom presentation, "Making Strip-Till Work with Only 7 Inches of Rain."
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First Look: New Insights on Strip-Till Nutrient Use Efficiency, Placement & Timing

National Strip-Tillage Conference returns Aug. 8-9

Senior research specialist at the University of Illinois Jared Fender discusses strip-till insights gleaned from year 1 of the University of Illinois Crop Physiology Lab's strip-till trial and how different placement methods alter nutrient availability within strip-till systems in his classroom session, "First Look: New Insights on Strip-Till Nutrient Use Efficiency, Placement & Timing." 


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2024 Strip-Till Innovator

[Video] An In-Depth Look at 2024 Strip-Till Innovator’s Planter

2024 Strip-Till Innovator Chris Perkins gives us a look at his John Deere 1775 ExactEmerge planter, which is equipped with hydraulic downforce, AutoPath and 2-by-2-by-2 that allows for precise fertilizer placement. Fellow strip-tiller Harold Crawford, who also serves as a territory manager for Montag, asks Perkins questions about his setup and usage of sugars.
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[Video] Strip-Till Cheat Code: 2024 Strip-Till Innovator Showcases Strip-Till Rig

2024 Strip-Till Innovator Chris Perkins showcases the “cheat code” features of his Land Luvr strip-till bar, which he uses to apply dry and liquid fertilizer on the same pass. Fellow strip-tiller Harold Crawford, who also works as a territory manager for Montag, chimes in with a few questions about Perkins’ unique setup.
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131 Highly Practical Tips, Practices & Techniques to Grow Your Strip-Tilling Program

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This special 16 page report offers valuable insights and advice from veteran strip-tillers, agronomists, suppliers and educators with the goal of making your strip-till operation more successful and profitable. View
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Banking on Progressive Precision Practices to Improve ROI

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Within the 48 pages of this report, you will get perspective and direct experience from other no-tillers, strip-tillers, researchers and industry experts on how current precision tools are paying off and how to prepare to make the most of the innovations of the future. This report features expert advice from experienced industry experts such as; Jeremy Wilson, Cade Bushnell, Eric and Megan Wallendal, and more. 

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Strip-Till Farmer is the number one source for strip-till practices and equipment. Our content offers original features, industry news and events, strip-till videos straight from the field and much more profitable strategies.

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Strip-Till Farmer 1-Year Subscription (U.S.)

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Strip-Till Farmer is the number one source for strip-till practices and equipment. Our content offers original features, industry news and events, strip-till videos straight from the field and much more profitable strategies. Paid print subscription is to use for gifts and for those not qualified for a free subscription. View
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No-Till Fertility Practices Package

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This special package gives you 3 reports geared toward helping you zero in on ways to get the best return on your investment. Learn how and when to apply what your crops need, ways to incorporate micronutrients to increase yields and the latest advice and evidence from leading researchers and no-tillers. Valued at $44.85.

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Turning Your No-Till Planter Into A Money-Making Machine

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Don't miss your chance to create the ultimate no-till planting machine. This 40-page, in-depth report will detail the attachements, technology upgrades and other innovative add-ons available on the market to make your no-till planting machine more efficient and profitable. We'll also share important tips from industry experts on propersetup for planters in no-till and strip-till systems.

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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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NSTC Speaker Presentations

Why Placing Nutrients in a Smart Fertility Program Works in Strip-Till - Mike Petersen - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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During the last 75 years that American farmers have used commercially available fertilizers, broadcast application of dry and liquid nutrients have produced mixed results. When strip-till began emerging in the late 1980s, farmers started taking advantage of more targeted applications.

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Building a Better Berm with the Right Strip-Till Equipment Setup - Kevin Kimberley - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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Building the perfect berm doesn’t happen overnight. Practice makes perfect when setting your fields up for success with good seed-to-soil contact and residue management. For more than 15 years, crop and equipment consultant Kevin Kimberley has worked with strip-tillers to set up their rigs by picking the right row unit setup and troubleshooting problems that arise from an imperfect strip.

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Choosing & Implementing the Right Cover Crops for a Strip-Till System - Joel Gruver - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

$19.95

Since 2007, Dr. Joel Gruver has been a professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture in the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. He’s conducted intense research tied to cover crop usage in conservation-tillage systems and organic grain production. Gruver will focus on the integration of cover crops within strip-tillage systems and explore key opportunities and challenges based on recent research results and the experiences of innovative farmers using both strip-till and cover crops. He will also discuss the impact of cover crops on nutrient availability and soil moisture dynamics within strip-tillage systems and also consider the compatibility of cover crops with current strip-till technology and potential new technologies.

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