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On-farm comparison of conservation tillage systems for corn following soybeans

Selecting a tillage system requires consideration of many factors, including soil and water conservation, economic return, labor availability and management capability, all of which are specific to the individual farming operation.


Selecting a strip-till rig

Tillage options require careful consideration before purchase. In addition to common methods involving a combination of a chisel plow, disk and field cultivator, growers also have two conservation tillage equipment options available: no-till and strip-till.


A refresher course in strip till

Although some producers limit strip-till to corn on bean stubble, some Illinois farmers have been using a pair of machines in the fall following both corn and soybean harvest.


Advice from experienced farmers for strip-till efficiency

Growers need to understand that strip-till equipment is unique. It may function flawlessly in mellow soils that break and crumble in textbook fashion. In other conditions, the strip-till unit may need to function as a primary tillage tool operating in hard, compacted soils that are wet, rock and stone infested, and are nearly impossible to break into manageable pieces.


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