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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ARTICLES

[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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[Podcast] Analyzing & Adjusting Soil pH with UNM’s Daniel Kaiser

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, associate editor Sarah Hill talks with Daniel Kaiser, nutrient management specialist at the University of Minnesota about the range of pH values needed for optimum crop performance, how liming works in the soil, what factors to consider when applying lime and more.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, associate editor Sarah Hill talks with Daniel Kaiser, nutrient management specialist at the University of Minnesota about the range of pH values needed for optimum crop performance, how liming works in the soil, what factors to consider when applying lime and more.
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Recovery, Rebuilding Begin for UK Research Center after Tornado Outbreak

Lloyd Murdock, no-till research pioneer and UK professor, recovers fragipan research from center's rubble.

The University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton took a direct hit from the powerful tornado that began in northwestern Arkansas and carved a path of destruction across the western half of Kentucky.



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[Podcast] What Strip-Till Has Done for Me with 3 Iowa Farmers

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, you’ll meet Iowa farmers Landon Brown (New Providence, Iowa), Chris Blome (Alden, Iowa) and Glen Hodnefield (Radcliffe, Iowa). Landon and Chris are just a few years into strip-tilling, while Glen’s been doing it for 25 years.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, you’ll meet Iowa farmers Landon Brown (New Providence, Iowa), Chris Blome (Alden, Iowa) and Glen Hodnefield (Radcliffe, Iowa). Landon and Chris are just a few years into strip-tilling, while Glen’s been doing it for 25 years.
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2022 National No-Tillage Conference Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Southern US Farmers Eligible for 2022 National No-Tillage Conference Scholarship

Louisville, Ky., is hosting the 2022 National No-Tillage Conference, bringing no-till home to where it all began for the 60th anniversary of the practice and the 30th anniversary of the conference.

Kentucky is hosting the 2022 National No-Tillage Conference, bringing no-till home to where it all began for the 60th anniversary of the practice and the 30th anniversary of the conference.


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[Podcast] Zapping Weeds and Herbicides with AI, Lasers

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Paul Mikesell, founder and CEO of Carbon Robotics, a new company that is tackling weed control with a combination of artificial intelligence and lasers.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we caught up with Paul Mikesell, founder and CEO of Carbon Robotics, a new company that is tackling weed control with a combination of artificial intelligence and lasers.
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[Podcast] Jason Federer’s Organic Modified Strip-Till System

For this <em>Strip-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we chat with Wolcott, Indiana, grower Jason Federer, whose transition to 100% organic production on his 4,000-acre operation is nearly complete. Utilizing a diverse rotation that includes approximately 10 crops each year as well as cover crops, Jason is also implementing a modified strip-till system that involves planting corn between strips of alfalfa.
For this Strip-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Farm Equipment, we chat with Wolcott, Indiana, grower Jason Federer, whose transition to 100% organic production on his 4,000-acre operation is nearly complete. Utilizing a diverse rotation that includes approximately 10 crops each year as well as cover crops, Jason is also implementing a modified strip-till system that involves planting corn between strips of alfalfa.
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PRODUCTS

NSTC Speaker Presentations

Pairing Precision Technologies and Controlled Traffic with Strip-Till - Dave Delhotal - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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As a fifth-generation farmer, Dave Delhotal takes pride in producing high-quality crops while caring for the land in an environmentally sustainable way. Through the dual efforts of strip-tilling continuous corn and a controlled-traffic system, he’s been able to fight compaction and dramatically increase soil health on the family’s West Brooklyn, Ill., operation.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

An Evolution of Equipment- One Strip-Tiller’s Journey - Loran Steinlage - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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Veteran strip-tiller Loran Steinlage built his first strip-till rig in 2006 and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty farming several hundred acres of corn-on-corn near West Union, Iowa. He’s always looking to adjust and improve equipment to add an extra bushel, manage residue and improve soil health. View
Winning Strategies For No-Tilling Small Grains

Winning Strategies For No-Tilling Small Grains

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With corn and soybean prices coming back to Earth from historical hights — and herbicide resistance still a major concern — many no-tillers will be forced to take a harder look at their rotations.

In this 40-page profit-boosting report, you'll discover the many benefits, numerous  tips and best practices for no-tilling small grains. Here's a peak at some of the topics covered inside...

  • Fight Weeds In Small Grains With Scouting, Rotation, Timely Spraying
  • Use A Multi-Tiered Approach To Defeat Diseases And Pests
  • Black Oats Offer New Option For No-Till Biomass And Forage
  • Manage No-Till Small Grains Residue From The Combine
  • And Much More!
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2014 Speaker Presentations

A Journey Of Improved Farming Practices, Results Using Strip-Till - David Legvold - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Dave Legvold’s 38-year journey from conventional tillage to strip-till has been a process of experimentation, building confidence in a system and using onfarm research to drive his decision-making. The Northfield, Minn., strip-tiller will share his strategies for improving soil health, nutrient efficiency, water retention and a systems approach to water management using tile to create a flourishing strip-till system. View

2014 Speaker Presentations

Detailed Approach To High-Yielding Strip-Tilled Corn & Soybeans - Keith Schlapkohl - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Keith Schlapkohl is taking aim at 300-bushel corn and 100-bushel soybeans, and strip-till is just one of the practices he’s using in his systems approach to high productivity. The Stockton, Iowa, farmer runs nearly 1,000 acres of strip-tilled corn-on-corn and also lays down 30-inch-row strips ahead of soybeans following corn. View

2014 Speaker Presentations

Strip-Till Successes, Watch-Outs Based On Soil Type, Climate & Drainage - Mahdi Al-Kaisi - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Strip-tillage is proving to be a significant alternative to conventional-tillage systems. Over the past 10 years, Iowa State University has documented the performance of strip-till compared to conventional tillage across various soil types, drainage classes and weather conditions at a half-dozen locations in Iowa. View

2014 Speaker Presentations

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

2014 Speaker Presentations

Spring Strip-Till, Strip-Tilled Soybeans & More Strip-Till Proven Practices - Jeff Reints - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Fall or spring strip-till? Coulter setup or shanks? Jeff Reints has worked with nearly every corn-production system in the past 20 years, having switched from conventional tillage to no-till in the ‘90s and then transitioning to strip-till in the last decade. View

EVENTS

Live Event

2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

7/28/22
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, IA
United States

Discover 2-days of cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies in Coralville, Iowa., July 28-29. Join the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy.

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