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Check Fall Stripping Pros, Cons

The lists are long when it comes to why you should and shouldn’t fall strip-till.

During last winter's seventh annual National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis, we asked attendees to share their views on fall strip-tilling.

While some farmers and educators maintain fall strip-tilling can help overcome the wet, cold soil conditions faced by no-tillers in the spring, there was no solid agreement among conference attendees as to whether it’s a good way to push up no-till profits.

The survey indicated that 20 percent of conference attendees strip-till to overcome soil concerns while 80 percent do not.

Looking ahead, 22 percent expect to be strip-tilling by the year 2001. Some 40 percent don’t expect to strip-till two years from now and 38 percent aren’t sure.

For more on key strip-tilling benefits from Ohio and Indiana no-tillers who make the technique work, turn to pages 10 and 11 in this expanded issue of No-Till Farmer.

 
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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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