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FROM THE DESK OF DAN ZINKAND 

Dan Zinkand

February 11, 2011

Always Something New To Learn

The great thing about visiting with people in agriculture is learning about new practices.

In the space of just a few weeks, I’ve heard from several people trying “bio strip-till.” Basically, it’s a practice of planting forage radishes, peas and possibly other crops in the fall. The idea is to have the roots of the cover crops grow deep, die out and leave a void to plant into in the spring.

At the 2011 National No-Tillage Conference in Cincinnati last month, I chatted briefly with strip-tiller Blake Vince of Ontario, Canada, who’s tried bio strip-till. I’m looking forward to following up with Blake to learn more about what he’s done.

Kelly Cooper, the farm manager for the Conservation Cropping System Project, a no-till demonstration farm near Forman, N.D., told me recently that bio strip-till is a promising practice that’s been tried at the no-till demonstration farm near Forman. But Cooper says the challenge is that “bio strip-till” takes time to evaluate.

If you're trying to "bio strip-till," e-mail me at danielpzinkand@gmail.com, or call me at (503) 507-4423 and let me know how the practice has worked for you.

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