Crunching the Numbers on Custom Strip-Till

Kentland, Ind., farmer Jesse Stoller breaks down the costs of equipment ownership vs. the benefits of custom strip-tilling.

Pictured Above: SPECIALTY STRIP-TILL. Kentland, Ind., farmer Jesse Stoller began strip-tilling on the 4,000-acre family farm in 2014. In 2020, he custom strip-tilled almost 10,000-acres using his B&D Metal Works bar with Dawn Pluribus V row units and a Montag high-output 9-ton fertilizer cart.

For farmers curious about the benefits of reducing their tillage practices, custom strip-till can be an efficient and affordable entry point. For farmers already building strips every year, it can be a lucrative business opportunity. 

Kentland, Ind., farmer Jesse Stoller has spent the last few years perfecting his pitch as a custom strip-tiller and he says it pays to crunch the numbers. The Stoller family started strip-tilling in 2014 on their 4,000-acre operation. In 2020, he custom strip-tilled almost 10,000 acres, advising customers on nutrient placement, precision technology application and berm building.

With increasing interest among farmers looking into alternative tillage practices to widen planting windows…

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Ian Gronau

Ian Gronau is a Contributing Editor for Lessiter Publications, with primary support responsibilities for Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Strategies and the Strip-Till Farmer Website. He is a graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College and has been preparing content for magazines, websites and newspapers since 2009, and has been recognized with several awards.

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