What Do You Do with Your Headlands & Turn Rows?

Farmers weigh in on how to best attack headlands and turn rows in comparison to the rest of their fields.

We only strip in the spring. We usually just strip on the fertilizer and then plant everything. If we’re running the stripper and the planter in the same area at the same time, we’re stripping the long rows and planting them. Then we’re stripping the headlands and planting them to not run over the stripped berm.

– Rod Summerfield, Mazeppa, Minn.

We plant the whole field. It’s better to grow something to sell then have bare ground.

– Ron Woitaszewski, Wood River, Neb.

We plant the whole field. Headlands are cropland, too.

– Duane Horst, Foresters Falls, Ont.

Some of our rough fields are 40% end rows with 2 40-foot toolbar passes. We plant and farm the same unless they are in a filter strip or wildlife program. We do variable rate some of them.

– Derek Martin, Fancy Farm, Ky.

We have a few prairie strip-style field borders along tree lines we kept as field borders from a previous CSP contract. We seeded 50-foot borders around several fields last fall with cover crops (cereal rye, wheat rapeseed and hairy vetch). It’s leaning toward 100-foot borders this year. We’re currently working on adding another prairie strip border around a field, with a couple of strategically placed prairie strips above the border.

We like the environmental benefits of field borders to help reduce erosion and improve water quality by intercepting runoff, plus “processing” nutrients before they leave our fields. Regarding prairie strips, Iowa State University research says the practice can reduce…

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