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Nutrient Placement


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.”

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.

Nutrient Placement

Nutrient management in no-till and minimum till systems

With increased acres of no-till and minimum till in Montana, it has become important to describe differences in nutrient availability and recommended fertilizer application practices between no-till, minimum till and conventional till systems.


Fall vs. spring strip tillage

Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, shares some of the considerations both farmers and their ag retailers will need to consider before deciding on whether to do their strip tillage in the fall or the spring.


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