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Engineering Internship Experience - Scott Duban

On September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Meet Scott Duban, 2016 Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) Engineering Intern. A senior at South Dakota State University majoring in Agricultural Systems Technology, Scott spent his summer gaining hands-on agricultural engineering experience through a variety of projects that positively impacted our business. Learn more about his internship experience through the following Q&A.

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ETS Welcomes Mike Eaton to Sales Team

On September 26, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) is proud to welcome Mike Eaton to its sales team as the Regional Sales Manager for its Northeastern region. In this role, Mike will be responsible for direct sales of SoilWarrior® zone tillage equipment to innovative farmers.

Eaton has an extensive background in the agriculture industry including his former role as a Territory Development/Project Manager at Southwest Ag Partners where he helped launch the SoilWarrior Precision Ag Retailer (PAR) program. A graduate of St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Eaton is passionate about serving farmers. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the Kingsville Fire Department.

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Four Strategies to Improve Your Soil


The ETS team joined over 200 strip-till enthusiasts in Bloomington, IN at the beginning of August to share best practices for soil health at the National Strip-Till Conference. Of the many agronomists, consultants and farmers that presented at the conference, we are featuring four on our Defending the Land blog. Read on to learn about their strategies for improving soil.

The SoilWarrior with rolling coulters works well for Groholske; it rolls over rocks rather than pulling them to the surface.

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ETS Promotes Caitlin Keck to Marketing & Communications Director

On September 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) announced the promotion of Caitlin Keck to Marketing and Communications Director. She will have primary responsibility for the marketing and communications strategy for ETS and their line of SoilWarrior® zone tillage equipment.

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Top 3 Resources for Better Soil Management

On August 09, 2016 Leave a comment

The ETS team traveled the Midwest this summer to gather knowledge from leading experts on reducing soil erosion and improving soil health. From North Dakota to Iowa and Ohio, SoilWarrior customers, strip-tillage enthusiasts and farmers alike gathered to share best practices for sustainable land management while improving yield. Since we know you can’t be everywhere, we’re bringing three top resources for better soil management to you. We give an extra thanks to the universities and researchers that hosted us at their field days: Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. We appreciate how hard they work to share soil health knowledge and insights with us.

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Spring Strip-Till Q & A with Mike Thede

With the hustle and bustle of spring tillage and planting behind us, we talked to a few of our SoilWarrior customers across the country to find out how things are shaping up in the field.

A 13-year strip-till farmer from Palmer, Nebraska, Mike Thede has been using a SoilWarrior on his corn and soybean operation for 6 years. He tells us about his fall tillage practices, his recent trial with cover crops, strip-till challenges unique to sandy soils, and his secrets to strip-tillage success.

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Spring Strip-Till Q & A with Curt Snyder

With the hustle and bustle of spring tillage and planting behind us, we talked to a few of our SoilWarrior customers across the country to find out how things are shaping up in the field.

Curt Snyder, a first-year strip-tiller from Fulton, Illinois, tells us about his experience so far with the SoilWarrior.

Q: What type of tillage were you doing before strip-tillage?

A: Before moving to strip-tillage I was doing an inline rip on a tillage pass and applying fall ammonia with vertical tillage. My vertical tillage acres were 15 bushels per acre higher than conventional tillage in a dry year.

Q: What was your tillage plan in the spring?

A: I did not do spring strip tillage this year. I might try some sandier, lighter ground in the spring in the future. I don’t want to put the compaction out there at that time of year. I put nitrogen on the planter and sidedress the rest.

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Spring Strip-Till Q & A with Dennis Smith

Spring tillage and planting are underway across the U.S. and Canada so we checked in with some of our customers - new and seasoned - to find out how things are shaping up in the field.

First up is Dennis Smith from Ames, Iowa. Dennis has been strip-tilling corn and soybeans for 11 years. He began his conservation tillage journey with a SoilWarrior prototype and is now on his fourth machine. Though he tweaks his crop and fertility plans a bit each year, zone tillage with the SoilWarrioris a consistant winning combination for his farm business.

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5 Reasons to Attend the 2016 National Strip-Tillage Conference

On April 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Strip-tillage is a great way to cut production costs, be more efficient with time and nutrient placement, and build soil health. But the journey to developing the right strip-till system for your farm can take years of experimentation, practice, and determination. The National Strip-Tillage Conference is a great way to make that learning curve more manageable.

Now in its third year, the National Strip-Tillage Conference has become the premier learning and networking event in the U.S. for forward-thinking farmers. This year it will be taking place August 3-4, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. If you’re already practicing strip-tillage or considering it in the future, you’re going to want to be there.

Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why you should register today!

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Earthworms & SoilWarrior: Heroes of Soil Health


Soil Health & Farm Productivity

Consider the amazing ways earthworms contribute to soil health and farm productivity. Their activity in the soil offers many benefits including increased nutrient availability, better drainage, and a more stable soil structure, all of which help improve farm productivity.

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