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In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, No-Till Farmer editor catches up with two experienced farmers — David Hula and Darin Stolte — from the floor at this year’s Commodity Classic Show in San Antonio for insights into record-breaking corn yields and targeted nutrient management.

Veteran no-tiller and strip-tiller David Hula is no stranger to breaking yield records. Since 2003, the Charles City, Virginia, grower has topped the National Corn Yield Contest numerous times, setting in 2017 the world record at the time of 542 bushels per acre in one of his no-tilled corn fields. Then in 2019, he shattered that record with a yield of 616 bushels per acre of corn on strip-tilled ground.

“Here I am a never-till guy, so when we first started thinking about strip-till, I was worried about erosion…but we’re only working up an 8-inch wide pass of a 30-inch row, so most of the area is undisturbed. It gave me a lot of confidence, particularly when I saw we weren’t getting the erosion and then I realized we’re going to start no-tilling right back into this…” — David Hula

Darin Stolte of Olin, Iowa, has managed to increase yields 15-20% by focusing on 4R nutrient management, focusing on nutrient efficiency and precision placement.

Listen in as David and Darin discuss the benefits of banding nutrients with the SoilWarrior, using humic acids and biologicals, reducing fertilizer applications, warming up and drying out soils with strip-till, seeing tissue tests improve with micronutrients, and much more!  

P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.







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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North

Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)