Emerson Nafziger

Continuous corn can be a daunting system for strip-tillers to manage, from disease and pest control to rapid residue breakdown.

But there are opportunities and advantages to strip-tilled corn-on-corn, if done right. Recent comparative research by Emerson Nafziger, crop and soil fertility researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, dug into the benefits and challenges of continuous corn systems, taking into account nitrogen application, residue management and yield variance.

During a classroom session at the 2019 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 1-2 in Peoria, Ill., Nafziger will share university research on how different tillage systems, including strip-till, compared in continuous corn trials, along with management tips when considering a corn-on-corn cropping system. He has also done some research into tillage for corn following soybeans, and will discuss those results as well.

During a post-conference soil health workshop, “Seeing is Believing: A Visual Validation of Soil Health,” conference attendees will join former USDA soil scientist and founder of Wetland and Soil Consulting Services, Frank Gibbs, in at a nearby farm for a unique and eye-opening demonstration of soil health. Gibbs will conduct his famous “smoking tile” experiment which provides a visual analysis of soil structure, quality and earthworm activity. This workshop costs an additional $99 to attend. Attendees may sign up online or by calling (866) 839-8455 or (262) 432-0388.

The 6th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center and feature 2 days of strip-till education through an array of thought-provoking general sessions, strategy-packed strip-till classrooms and highly collaborative strip-till roundtable discussions.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.StripTillFarmer.com/NSTC.

Title sponsors making the learning and networking opportunities possible for strip-tillers include AgroLiquid, Copperhead Ag, Dawn Equipment Co., Environmental Tillage Systems, Ingersoll, Kuhn Krause, Montag Mfg., Orthman Mfg., Schlagel Mfg., Topcon Agriculture, Vulcan Equipment and Yetter Mfg. Co. All 12 companies will exhibit during the 2-day educational event.