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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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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Row Cleaners, Fertilizer Boxes, RTK are Popular Items Among Strip-Tillers

Fertilizing practices and products remain consistent, while strip-tillers trend toward sprayer ownership and increasing accuracy with applications.
Fertilizing practices and products remain consistent, while strip-tillers trend toward sprayer ownership and increasing accuracy with applications.
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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study Extras

Stability in Size, Setup of Equipment, Separation in Timing of Field Preparation

Strip-tillers favor 12-row rigs and shank-style setups on row units, while preference for fall or spring strip-building increases.
Strip-tillers favor 12-row rigs and shank-style setups on row units, while preference for fall or spring strip-building increases.
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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Cover Cropping in Strip-Till Continues to Grow

Strip-tillers planting covers topped 60% for first time, with cereal rye being the most popular variety and drilling them the most popular method.
Strip-tillers planting covers topped 60% for first time, with cereal rye being the most popular variety and drilling them the most popular method.
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4th Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Pushing Crop Production with a Strategic Approach to Strip-Till

Trending growth in corn, soybean yields validated by increases in strip-till acres, cover crops and adoption of implement guidance technology.
Trending growth in corn, soybean yields validated by increases in strip-till acres, cover crops and adoption of implement guidance technology.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Blending Fertilizer into the Berm, Variable-Rate Application Increase

Anhydrous and zinc applications decline, while more farmers applied monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and urea with strip-till rigs in 2015.
Strip-tillers often cite targeted fertilizer placement as a key benefit of the practice, to ensure that plant roots can access nutrients throughout the growing season. But the 3rd Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study revealed some interesting changes in what type of fertilizer strip-tillers are applying and how.
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Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study

Cover Cropping, Twin-Row Strip-Till Continue to Rise

More than 50% of benchmark respondents utilize cover crops, while the percent of strip-tillers planting twin rows has more than doubled.
As strip-tillers search for efficient, economical ways to retain moisture and nutrients in their soils, an increasing number are turning to cover crops. Analysis of the 3rd Annual Strip-Till Operational Benchmark Study revealed another uptick in their use.
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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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