Strip-till tips for the northern Plains
Management Tips for Strip-Till
- Match the strip-till row width with the planter row width.
- Leave corn stubble standing for maximum air movement and less matting of residue. Build strips between the previous crop rows.
- For the greatest soil warm-up and seed-to-soil contact, strip tillage should be performed in the fall.
- In cooler, fine-textured soils, strip-till equipment should clear the berm to less than 10% residue for faster soil warming in the spring.
- In high-moisture conditions, build berms approximately 3 inches high in the fall so they are at least 1 inch high by planting. In arid conditions, berms can be depressed to collect winter snow.
- The economic advantages of strip-till are improved if banding phosphorus and potassium fertilizer with the fall strip operation.
- Avoid slopes of more than 7% without contouring; otherwise, risk of soil erosion can occur in tilled strips.
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