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5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 National Strip-Tillage Conference

On April 27, 2017 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 fourth 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, 2017 at the La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in Omaha, Nebraska. If you’re already practicing strip-tillage or considering it in the future, you'll want to be there!

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


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Band vs. Zone Fertility Placement

Uniform distribution of fertilizer is key for optimal crop performance. Consider the following points when planning your fertilizer application.

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23 Years of Award-Winning NCGA Yields

From Oakes, ND, the Quandt family has had award-winning entries in the NCGA yield contest since 1993. One secret to their recent success is strip-tillage. The farm began strip-tilling in 2001 and transitioned 95% of the farm to strip-tillage seven years ago. They have used the SoilWarrior® zone tillage and nutrient management system on their farm for the past five years.

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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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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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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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Study Shows Significant Yield Boost in No-Till & Strip-Till Corn

With the continued debate of tillage versus more conservational-minded practices, farmers have traditionally been stuck trying to make decisions between their yield quality and land management practices. But what if it’s possible for farmers to have both? According to a study conducted by Purdue University, this rationale may just be achievable.

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How to Use NRCS Funds to Leverage Your Strip-Till Equipment Purchase

Farmer is just one of the many titles Minnesota farmer David Legvold has held throughout his lifetime. He’s also been a teacher, executive director of a non-profit watershed organization, a controller at his local John Deere dealer, and most recently the driver of the instrument semi for the orchestra and band at St. Olaf College.

This adventurous spirit that pushes him to think outside the box when it comes to farming. It’s the reason he purchased an 8-row SoilWarrior strip-till system in 2008 after he realized that his original thought  of running a diverse organic farm wasn’t working.  His disaggregated soils were washing and blowing away due to too much tillage. And the most environmentally-friendly way for him to manage soil and fertilizer for optimal yield was by tilling a 12-inch wide zone, leaving the rest of his field covered with crop residue to protect it from erosion.

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Cover Crops and Strip-Till: A Winning Combination for Soil Health

The more Iowa farmer Ben Pederson hears about the use of cover crops, the more convinced he is that it was the right addition to his current cropping practices. Already a strong advocate for strip-tillage, Pederson believes the use of cover crops in his cropping program was an obvious addition. In 2013 when heavy rains prevented him from putting in a crop, he turned to the use of cover crops to prevent erosion and depleted soil health. The positive advantage he saw from the cover crops led him to incorporate them the following year during a normal growing season.

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