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Strip-tillage

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.

Strip-tillage

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.”

Equipment

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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