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Ryberg Farms Cuts Input Costs and Labor with Strip-Till

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.

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5 Conservation Tillage Events to Keep you Learning in 2016

On January 14, 2016 Leave a comment

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.


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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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Creating a Nutrient Placement Plan for Better Crops and Stewardship

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.  

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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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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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Managing Residue in Strip-Tillage

On October 06, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave Delhotal was surprised to hear the lengths some strip-till farmers were going to in order to successfully manage the crop residue on their acres. The farmer from northern Illinois learned some other growers were planting shorter-statured corn varieties just so they had less residue in their fields.

That hasn’t been a problem on his farm.

“I haven’t found a field of corn residue I can’t get through with the SoilWarrior,” Delhotal says. “The way it’s designed there’s nothing it won’t handle. 

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Field View: Reducing Tillage Key to Protecting Soil

This post was written by Ben Pederson, Iowa farmer and SoilWarrior customer, for his Sprout Ag Enterprises facebook page. It is re-posted with his permission. All views expressed in this story are his. ETS supports conservation tillage practices that decrease erosion and preserve healthy soils for the future.
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The Evolution of Tillage

There’s just something about the soil. Many of us are drawn to it. Judging by history, so were our ancestors.

Farm tillage traces a path that mirrors the development of civilization. Cultures often developed around their ability to collectively produce food. Because food is one of our most basic needs, humans recognized it was difficult to sustain communities solely by hunting and gathering, so the cultivation of food began.

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