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Highlights from the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

The in-person conference offered a wide range of topics and outstanding speakers for growers to learn from and interact with.

More than 300 growers and industry professionals from across the globe gathered in Omaha, Neb., in early August for the 8th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference (NSTC). At the event, growers dove into topics related to strip-till management, soil health, cover crops and increasing profits from their operations.

If you couldn’t make it to the NSTC, don’t worry — we’ve summarized the top takeaways here:

1. Doing the Little Things

David Hula, a no-till and strip-till corn yield contest champion from Charles City, Va., shared with attendees that focusing on things as simple as seed orientation or placing fertilizer directly in the strip, rather than broadcasting, can boost your yields. 

2. More Weight = More Corn

Hula noted that growers can achieve higher corn yields through more kernels per ear, increased ear weight and planting in narrower rows. According to Hula, moisture is the single most important thing corn needs to produce more uniform kernels.

3. Soil is the Most Complex System

In the conference’s Premier Lecture Series sponsored by TruAg, Ontario ag engineer…

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Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill is associate editor for the ag division, contributing primarily to Precision Farming Dealer, Strip-Till Farmer, No-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. Hill has a farm background and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Ag Journalism and a minor in Animal Science. She has previously served as managing editor of DairyBusiness and is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and American Ag Editors’ Association.

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