2023 Conservation Ag Operator Fellow Loran Steinlage of West Union, Iowa, hosts a webinar broadcast from the main stage at the National Strip-Tillage Conference in Bloomington, Ill.

During the Aug. 4 Ask the Operator webinar, Loran is joined by 2023 Strip-Till Innovators Ryan and Melissa Shaw, along with more of the top strip-till experts in the U.S. They talk about how this growing practice fits into a conservation-minded farmer’s toolbox and other innovative strategies for improving soil health and economics while maintaining high yields.

No-Till Farmer takes questions live from in-person and virtual attendees for this special session.

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About the Speakers

Loran Steinlage

Loran Steinlage, a 2020 No-Till Innovator award winner and No-Till Farmer’s 2023 Conservation Ag Operator Fellow, no-tills 750 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, buckwheat, rye, barley and sunflowers in West Union, Iowa. Always thinking about how to move his operation forward, Steinlage has been experimenting with advanced farming systems like interseeding, relay cropping and 60-inch corn for nearly 2 decades.


Ryan and Melissa Shaw of Marlette, Mich., are the 2023 Strip-Till Innovator award recipients, recognized by Strip-Till Farmer for their significant contribution to the advancement of strip-till and commitment to soil health practices. The Shaws own and operate SKS Farm, along with their longtime neighbor, Bruce Brock. Located in the “thumb” of Michigan, they grow corn, soybeans, sugar beets and cereal rye across 1,400 acres. 

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