Cover Cropping, Organic Transition Among Top 2018 Strip-Till Conference Takaways

Cover cropping trials, practical precision fertilization strategies and options for organic transition highlighted the fifth annual National Strip-Tillage Conference.

Pictured Above: COVER CROP ROI. Kicking off the 2018 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Reinbeck, Iowa, farmer Jack Boyer shared results of a cover crop and nitrogen retention experiment that showed three different plots with cereal rye kept 66 more pounds of N available than the areas with no cover

As Attendees at the fifth annual National Strip-Tillage Conference began filtering in for the start of the event, a newcomer to the practice overheard a conversation between a couple of experienced strip-tillers who were chatting about nitrogen (N) application experiments.

He asked to join them, and candidly admitted, ‘You two know a lot more than me and I’d love to pick your brains.’ More than an hour later, the three farmers were still engaged in discussion, with several pages of visible notes in front of the new strip-tiller.

The scenario personified the collaborative, knowledge-sharing environment of the 2-day event which drew a crowd of 360 farmers, researchers and industry professionals to Iowa City, Iowa, July 26-27.

Throughout the course of seven general session speakers, 12 classroom discussions and 20 roundtables — along with extensive networking opportunities — attendees exchanged ideas and formed new connections as they sought tips for managing profitable strip-till operations.

Cover Crop Economics 

Kicking off the conference was Reinbeck, Iowa, strip-tiller Jack Boyer’s presentation on successful cover-cropping practices when paired with strip-till. Boyer implements covers across 100% of his corn, seed corn and soybean acres.

Boyer raises barley and sorghum to reduce erosion, ryegrass and millet to increase soil…

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