Every farmer operates differently. For those who see potential benefits of strip-till in their operations, a strip-till implement may offer an advantage. Many configurations are available, including ways of attaching units to existing tool bars. Strip-till is probably not going to replace all existing soil management systems, but it is a well-designed tool that can help you remain successful.
• Break up surface compaction
• Yield advantage in continuous corn
• Use of older (low residue handling) planting equipment in tilled strip
• Transition from conventional till to reduced or no-till
• Maintain residue in sprinkler irrigation applications
• Reduced wind erosion hazard
• Deep fertilizer placement
✓ Anhydrous ammonia
• Remove surface compaction following grazing, while maintaining some residue on surface
• Erosion on strips
• Crusting; poor stands
• Faster loss of fragile residue
• Soil compaction, structural damage from tillage when soils are wet
• Seedling damage from spring anhydrous ammonia applications
Source: Follet and Schimel, 1989.