Margin Minute: Strip-Tillage Advantages

April 28, 2017 02:00 PM

Strip tillage presents numerous economic and agronomic advantages, says Chris Barron, an Iowa producer and consultant with Ag View Solutions. Producers this spring should take a look at how this kind of tillage pays off.

“We’ve actually only been doing strip tillage here for the last couple of years, but we’ve found some really big benefits with the process,” Barron says. “One of the big ones is the efficiency and the lack of doing quite as much tillage” compared to passes with a field cultivator or a vertical-tillage machine.

It also allows Barron and his team to pull anhydrous in the fall or spring, depending on soil conditions, and to put down fertilizer.

“We’ve found that the strip tills potentially can eliminate at least two or three passes, and it might even eliminate four passes, depending on field conditions and what you’re trying to accomplish,” Barron says.

From an agronomic perspective, he adds, strip tillage is beneficial because it creates a good soil bed for seeds with minimal residue. That helps ensure a good stand as the growing season progresses.

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