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Justifying a Switch to Strip-Tilling with Early Progress & Profit

Illinois farmer sees roughly $45 per-acre savings and an up to 20-bushel yield advantage on marginal soils with a transition to strip-tilling.
For the past 6 years, Seth Wenzel and his father, Brian, have been transitioning to strip-tilled corn on their 4,000-acre farm near Kent, in northwest Illinois. Wenzel maintains a consistent corn and soybean rotation with approximately two-thirds of his acreage planted with corn annually.
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2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Speaker

What Have We Learned about How Tillage Systems & Cover Crops Affect Soil Health?

Soil science professor Harold van Es will investigate the 16 soil health indicators to help identify soil health deficiencies and how conservation tillage practices can be a long-term remedy at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
Soil science professor Harold van Es will investigate the 16 soil health indicators to help identify soil health deficiencies and how conservation tillage practices can be a long-term remedy at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
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2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Speaker

Leveraging a Mix-and-Match Method to Unlock Cover Cropping Rewards

Strip-tiller Woody Van Arkel will examine 20 years of experimental and established cover cropping techniques he’s practiced on his Ontario farm at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
Strip-tiller Woody Van Arkel will examine 20 years of experimental and established cover cropping techniques he’s practiced on his Ontario farm at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
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2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Speaker

Keep Your Soil & Nutrients Where they Belong: In Your Field

University of Minnesota Extension researcher Jodi DeJong-Hughes to discuss ongoing analysis of soil erosion and nutrient runoff reduction techniques at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
University of Minnesota Extension researcher Jodi DeJong-Hughes to discuss ongoing analysis of soil erosion and nutrient runoff reduction techniques at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
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2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Speaker

Cover Crops & Strip-Till: A Profitable Partnership

Experienced Iowa strip-tiller Jack Boyer to discuss how cover cropping diversity, combined with a comprehensive strip-till system can capture nitrogen and stabilize yields at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
Experienced Iowa strip-tiller Jack Boyer to discuss how cover cropping diversity, combined with a comprehensive strip-till system can capture nitrogen and stabilize yields at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
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2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Speaker

Are You Applying an Agronomic Eye to Selecting Strip-Till Nutrients?

Agronomist and strip-till advocate Berl Jastram to share considerations and cautionary tales for managing depth, timing and types of fertilizer at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
Agronomist and strip-till advocate Berl Jastram to share considerations and cautionary tales for managing depth, timing and types of fertilizer at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
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2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference Speaker

Building Your First Berms: Early Lessons Learned in Strip-Till

As a relative newcomer to strip-till, southwestern Kentucky farmer Joseph Sisk will detail early motivations, methods and unsolved mysteries to adopting the practice on his 5,000-acre at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
As a relative newcomer to strip-till, southwestern Kentucky farmer Joseph Sisk will detail early motivations, methods and unsolved mysteries to adopting the practice on his 5,000-acre operation at the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference.
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Taking Flight with UAVs: Practical Applications & Uncertainties - John Nowatzki - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Interest and use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture continues to increase, but questions remain about whether the technology is a practical tool or simply a toy? Having researched and experimented with application of UAVs in conservation tillage systems, John Nowatzki, agricultural machine systems specialist at North Dakota State University, is an authority on the use of unmanned aerial imaging and sensing technology. Nowatzki will share his experience and advice on current use of UAVs in strip-till, along with a look at future applications and opportunities with the technology.

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Focusing on Flexibility to Increase Strip-Till Productivity - Brian Watkins - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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Developing a strip-till system isn’t an easy process. Just ask Brian Watkins, who took nearly 15 years to confidently transition from no-tilled corn to strip-till on his 7,000-acre operation near Kenton, Ohio. Throughout the transition, experimentation has been a mainstay of his strip-till system to include incorporation of crop sensing technology, equipment setup modifications and intensive fertilizer management practices. Watkins will share his experience and payback utilizing remote sensing tools to improve fertilizer application methods, along with the addition of an air seeder cart for dry fertilizer application in strip-till.

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Tracking the ROI of a Strip-Till System - Trent Sanderson - NSTC 2016 - MP3 Download

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While many farmers collect field data, it’s knowing what to do with it that will help you improve the productivity and efficiency of your strip-till operation. This is something strip-tiller Trent Sanderson has made a priority to improve management of his family’s 2,000-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation near Clare, Ill. Sanderson will share how number crunching and analysis of collected data, along with the use of precision farming practices like electric row clutches and rate control, are helping him assess the return on investment of the farm’s strip-till system and shape annual input expenditures.

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NSTC Speaker Presentations

Thinking Beyond Strip-Tilled Corn with Variable-Rate Technology & Other Precision Tools - Eric and Megan Wallendal - NSTC 2015 - MP3 Download

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After nearly a quarter-century of strip-tilling a variety of crops, third-generation farmer Eric Wallendal and his wife, Megan, still view their Grand Marsh, Wis., operation as a work-in-progress. All of their strip-tilled acres are under center-pivot irrigation and in 2014, they spring strip-tilled 2,000 acres of soybeans, forage corn and snap beans.

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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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2014 Speaker Presentations

Precision Strip-Till Evolved - More Than Grid Sampling And Yield Maps - Steve Cubbage - NSTC 2014 Presentation - MP3 Download

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For years, precision ag was defined by two practices — grid soil sampling and yield maps. That’s no longer the case. Steve Cubbage says data now streams from everywhere and everything. Soil EC monitoring is back in vogue and new technologies like UAV imagery and Google Glass are front-page news. View

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