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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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Spending Less on Strip-Tillage Equipment Can End up Costing More

Mike Verdonck isn’t shy about calling his SoilWarrior “the best machine on my farm.” But he did take a bit of a scenic route before making that discovery.

Verdonck farms with his brother-in-law close to the St. Lawrence River south of Montreal, Quebec in Canada. He farms about 2,500 acres, growing corn, soybeans, wheat, and some canning crops. He’s also started including cover crops.

Several years ago, Verdonck began doing some no-till, but because of the heavy clay soils and cool temperatures he had to contend with, yields weren’t up to par. He then looked into strip-tillage and decided to experiment. He did what many farmers do—he improvised, converting an old field cultivator into a strip-till machine. Verdonck says it worked well on dry soils, but struggled in wet ground and in areas with heavy corn stalks.

He then bought a strip-till machine but wasn’t entirely happy with the results. All along “I kept hearing about this SoilWarrior,” Verdonck says.

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Iowa Farmer Researches Economic Advantages of Strip-Till

Nathan Legler is a farmer who is not afraid to think differently. Where most people see problems, he sees opportunities to gain new experiences.

“I was taught that if I noticed something missing, I should look for a solution,” explains Legler who is the fifth generation on both sides of his family to farm in north central Iowa. Though he came from a small community, he certainly is not afraid to think big.

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Conservation Tillage and SoilWarrior Yield Results for Ontario Farmers

Harvest is more than just a time for hard work, it's also an opportunity to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. We have a lot to be grateful for at ETS. At the top of the list are our customers who are defending the land and leading the charge. We'd like to introduce you to a few of them. Today we're in Ontario with Scott Cantelon.

Scott Cantelon and his father Wayne are no strangers to zone tillage. The duo has used the practice on their midwestern Ontario farm for about two decades, raising corn, soybeans, edible beans, and wheat near Seaforth, Ontario. 

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New Zealand Ag Business Uses Strip-Till to Build Soil Health

Harvest is an opportunity to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. We have a lot to be grateful for at ETS. At the top of the list are our customers who are defending the land and leading the charge. Today we're in New Zealand with a business owner who is ready for planting...

While farmers in the U.S. and Canada are getting into the heat of harvest, at least one ETS customer on the other side of the world has planting on his mind. John Austin, Managing Director of John Austin Limited, and his team are about to head in to their eighth growing season since adopting strip-till in New Zealand.

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Making Dollars and Sense with Conservation Tillage

Harvest is more than just a time for hard work, it's also an opportunity to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. We have a lot to be grateful for at ETS. At the top of the list are our customers who are defending the land and leading the charge. We'd like to introduce you to a few of them. Today we're in Iowa with Mark Thompson.

Mark Thompson got an early introduction to conservation tillage. The north central Iowa farmer started farming with his grandfather back in 1983 while still in high school. Even then his farming focus was different than most.

“We probably stopped moldboard plowing 50 years ago,” Thompson recalls.

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SKS Farm Sees Success with Strip-Till

Harvest is more than just a time for hard work, it's also an opportunity to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. We have a lot to be grateful for at ETS. At the top of the list are our customers who are defending the land and leading the charge. We'd like to introduce you to a few of them. Today we're in Michigan at SKS Farm.

Ryan Shaw knows his neighbors are watching. The Marlette, Michigan farmer and his dad defied convention by selling much of their tillage equipment to begin farming their entire 1,600 acres using just their SoilWarrior. While some view that as a risky move, they believe it makes total sense.

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Central Farm Services Offers Precision Zone Tillage to Growers

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Preparing Equipment for Fall Strip-Tillage

On September 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Anyone who has seen one knows the SoilWarrior© is a heavy duty implement built to take on the toughest farming conditions. But even the best-built piece of equipment needs maintenance to make sure it works smoothly and offers hours of use. Regular inspections and upkeep are vital to ensure your SoilWarrior is ready to go when it's time to get in the field.

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ETS Rolling Baskets: Field Tested, Customer Approved

Jason Reis’s advice to the Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) engineers was simple: “Don’t screw it up.”

This past spring Reis, who farms near Lime Springs, Iowa, was among the first farmers to test ETS prototype rolling baskets mounted on the back of his SoilWarrior. Rolling baskets are sturdy metal wheels with blades attached behind the coulters and covering the width of the tilled strip, providing a finishing touch to the soil.

“I told them ‘don’t change it, they run great,’” Reis said. “It leaves a beautiful bed for the seeds to go in.”

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