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On-farm comparison of conservation tillage systems for corn following soybeans

Selecting a tillage system requires consideration of many factors, including soil and water conservation, economic return, labor availability and management capability, all of which are specific to the individual farming operation.


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.


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