Jack Zemlicka

Jack Zemlicka

Jack Zemlicka is the Technology Editor for No-Till Farmer. He covers precision farming practices, products and trends, which can improve efficiency and productivity for no-till farmers.

He joined Lessiter Publications Ag Division in 2012 and also serves as managing editor of Strip-Till Farmer.

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7th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Corn Yields, Cover Crop Adoption Continue to Increase for Strip-Tillers

Despite the challenges of 2019, strip-tillers topped 200-bushel corn, while nearly two-thirds seeded cover crops, a high for the annual study.
Results of the 7th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study, evaluating 2019 cropping practices, saw some subtle and more significant shifts in strip-till practices.
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A Flexible Flight Plan for Scalable Cover Crop Application

Seeking an alternative to traditional aerial seeding methods, Tom Leitgen engineered a drone-based cover crop application system to provide a timely solution for smaller-acre no-tillers.
Seeding cover crops is often more art than it is science. But if the last few years have taught no-tillers anything, it's that flexibility and timing are critical to getting a cover crop established during the available window of opportunity.
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6th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark Study

Cover Cropping Adoption Reaches New High Among Strip-Tillers

Cereal rye remains most popular variety, while drilling in covers is most popular method and post-harvest seeding is preferred timing.
Results of the 6th Annual Strip-Till Operational Practices Benchmark study, evaluating 2018 cropping practices, underscored strip-tillers’ stability in an unstable ag market.
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Small Steps into Strip-Till Lead to Big Soil Health, Nutrient Management Gains

Parking the plow wasn’t easy for Frank Family Farms, but a transition to strip-till proved profitable, with a dramatic reduction in fuel costs and fertilizing flexibility.
Some strip-tillers look for an ‘a-ha’ moment during their initial transition to the practice as they search for visual results that they’ve made a wise decision.
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[Podcast] Realizing ROI and Identifying Pain Points of Precision Tools Part 2

In this episode of the <em>No-Till Farmer</em> podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing, we continue the conversation with selected excerpts from our roundtable conversation from the 4th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, starting with some insight on influential factors in making precision farming purchases.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, brought to you by Yetter Manufacturing, we continue the conversation with selected excerpts from our roundtable conversation from the 4th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, starting with some insight on influential factors in making precision farming purchases.
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5th Annual Strip-Till Benchmark Study

Timing & Types of Fertilizer Accommodate Seasonal Need

Strip-tillers shying away from spring-applied potassium and phosphorus, as well as anhydrous application with the strip-till rig.
Strip-tillers often stress the 4R strategy for fertilizer placement, acknowledging that sometimes conditions aren’t always conducive to achieving desired results.
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5th Annual Strip-Till Benchmark Study

Population Adjustments Play Into Seeding Strategies for Strip-Tillers

Strip-tillers increase average seeding rates for corn, decrease for soybeans and better than half utilize cover crops in their operations.
As farmers dial into determining where and when to push or scale back on seeding rates, strip-tillers have — on average — consistently planted lower populations than no-tillers for both corn and soybeans.
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