Strip-till advice for Valley soils

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Conventional wisdom is that strip-till can’t work in the Valley because of our high clay soils in North Dakota. Dave Franzen, North Dakota State University Extension soil specialist knows that this is untrue.

One good piece of advice he received from a grower that has successfully used strip-till for several years in higher clay soils is to make the strip-till pass immediately after a crop is harvested. If the crop is small grain, run the strip-till unit immediately behind the combine.

A grower can apply P and K at the same time, but N should be delayed until after October 1 when soil temperature falls below 50 degrees F. If the weather turns wet, at least the planting strip is made and the N can be dealt with later. If the weather is favorable for fall N after date and soil temperature is acceptable, N can be applied in a separate fall pass.


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