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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.


Understanding zone/strip tillage

Farmers have increasingly shifted away from conventional tillage to some form of reduced tillage. In part, this reflects efforts to control labor, fuel, and maintenance costs as well as the recognition that tillage can contribute to a decrease in overall soil health.

Nutrient Placement

Banding vs. broadcast: Saving fuel, fertilizer with strip-till

Fertilization strategy for strip-tillers can vary greatly, depending on when strips are built, soil type and health, and climate.

For Shell Rock, Iowa, strip-tiller Jeff Reints and his son, Clay, they’ve long subscribed to the philosophy that fertilizer needs to be placed where plants need it most — in the root zone.

“Why put fertilizer next to the crop?” Jeff says. “Whether you’re strip-tilling in the fall or spring, apply fertilizer where it’s going to provide the biggest benefit.”


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