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.
Our Most Popular Blogs
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.
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.
Brian Ryberg may be a relative newcomer to strip-till, but you’d be hard pressed to find a farmer more committed to it. Ryberg Farms near Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, grows corn, soybeans, and sugarbeets. He began farming with his father more than 30 years ago and now runs the operation with his wife and two employees.
The world of agriculture changes so quickly that farmers need to stay diligent just to keep up. The challenges can multiply when farmers are adopting new or alternative farming practices like strip tillage.
For many farmers considering new conservation tillage practices or looking for innovative ways to improve existing business plans, educational conferences can be extremely valuable. Many shows, conferences, and field days offer growers access to new research, university and industry experts, innovative technology, and the option to connect with other farmers.
Because there are so many options for farmers to consider, here are a few conferences and farm shows that we suggest to help you discover new tillage techniques in 2016.
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.
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.
Crops need nutrients but just getting those nutrients in the soil isn’t enough. That’s why agronomists like Peter Johnson believe precise delivery of fertilizer is the best way to combine productivity and stewardship.
An agronomist for RealAgriculture, Johnson has devoted his life to agriculture. Having spent 30 years as an extension agronomy specialist in Ontario, he’s also learned many things about helping farmers make good choices for crop production and environmental stewardship.
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.
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.