Strip-Till Farming

Using Strip-Till to Cut Field Costs, Dial Back Nitrogen Rates

Minnesota farmers Nancy and Jerry Ackermann credit strip-till, split nitrogen applications and cover crops for helping them reach 200-bushel corn yields on 140 pounds of nitrogen.
Nancy and Jerry Ackermann have been strip-tilling corn and no-tilling soybeans and alfalfa on their 1,200-acre farm in southwest Minnesota for 15 years. Coming from conventional tillage practices, the transition began on a small 50-acre test plot.
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Transition to Twin-Row Strip-Till Increases Yields, Minimizes Erosion

Complementary systems help Nebraska farmer Clare Kurz increase yield by double digits and adopt a more economical fertility program.
Struggling to maintain yield consistency and mitigate erosion of precious topsoil, Clare Kurz adopted a twin-row system on his mostly irrigated 2,000-acre corn and soybean operation nearly 15 years ago. But the move was only part of the solution, as the Palmer, Neb., farmer also wanted a more efficient method to apply fertilizer and manage residue.
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Four Takeaways from the 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference

The third annual event held in Bloomington-Normal, Ill., featured practical tips on cover cropping, increasing soil biology and improving nutrient management.
HELD IN ILLINOIS for the first time, the 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference gathered a diverse group of strip-till farmers, researchers and industry experts from more than 20 states and abroad.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Strip-Tilled Corn Acres, Soybean Yields Increase

The overall average of strip-tilled acres per farm grew by nearly 200, while average corn yields topped 190 and soybean yields jumped 4 bushels.
For the second year in a row, farmers increased the average number of acres they strip-tilled, despite a minor dip in the percentage of farm acreage strip-tilled.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Diversity of Methods Produce Strip-Till Stability and Flexibility

Increased adoption of cover crops and variable-rate fertilizing help strip-tillers maintain corn yields and increase soybean yields in 2015.
Building confidence in a strip-till system can come through a variety of avenues — utilizing cover crops to strengthen soils, refreshing fall-built strips with a spring pass to create an ideal seedbed, or variable-rate applying fertilizer with a strip-till rig for more efficient placement and usage of nutrients.
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2nd Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study: Cover Crop Use Spreads for Strip-Tillers

Strip-till corn populations remain consistent, while soybean seeding rates decline and use of twin-row systems increases.

Timing, width and depth are all considerations strip-tillers take into account when building berms on their farm for seeding, the 2nd annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study found.


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2nd Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study: Sidedressing Nitrogen, Use of Variable-Rate Fertilization on the Rise

Banded placement of P and K below the berm and use of RTK-level accuracy remain cornerstones of successful strip-till operations.

For many strip-tillers, banding fertilizer is the primary benefit of the practice to apply critical nutrients where plant roots can readily access them when needed.


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2nd Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study: Acreage and Yields Increase for Strip-Tilled Corn and Soybeans

Farmers grew their total percentage of farm acres and average number of acres per farm being strip-tilled in 2014.

Strip-till remains a subset of more widely adopted conservation tillage practices, including no-till. According to the 7th Annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study published by No-Till Farmer earlier this year, about 7.7% of cropland acres were strip-tilled in 2014, compared to 76.5% in a no-till system.


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2nd Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study: Improving Strip-Till Production with Precision Technology and Cover Crops

Ongoing adoption of cutting-edge practices and conservation-minded methods help boost strip-tilled corn and soybean yields.

Strip-tillers are no strangers to adaptation and, in many cases, their farming systems are predicated on a willingness to experiment and evolve.


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