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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.

Nutrient Placement

Strip-till tips

The number of strip-till users in the Red River Valley of North Dakota continues to grow slowly. A tip from a veteran strip-tiller near Fargo is to follow the combine whenever possible to make sure the strips are made if the soils become wet later in the fall.

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