Strip tillage effects on soybean yields in Michigan
The results obtained from these three trials are consistent with results from trials conducted in Minnesota and North Dakota where soybeans grown in a strip tillage system were shown to yield equal to or better than those grown in no-till or conventional tillage systems. In these trials, the strip tillage operations were performed in the fall. The researchers recommend fall strip tillage over spring strip tillage due to improved soil warming and seed-to-soil contact. This may be more important on fine-textured soils than it is on the coarse-textured soils near Niles, Mich.
Based on the results from these trials, strip tillage looks promising for soybean production in 30-inch rows in Michigan. However, strip tillage should be restricted to fields having slopes less than 5 percent to reduce the potential for water erosion occurring in the rows.
Related MSU Extension article
- “On-farm evaluation of four tillage systems in a corn-soybean rotation,” End of the year technical report, December 2012, to the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and Minnesota Corn Growers Association
- “Strip till for field crop production: Equipment, production, economics,” North Dakota State University Extension Service and University of Minnesota Extension
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