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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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5 Reasons to Attend the National Strip-Tillage Conference

On April 08, 2015 Leave a comment

Are you considering reducing your tillage to save passes across the field, input costs, and protect your soil from erosion? Or perhaps are you an experienced no-tiller seeking a more efficient way to place fertilizer while maintaining your soil health? No matter your reason for digging into strip-till, the National Strip-Tillage Conference is the event you should attend this summer.

It's happening August 5-6, 2015 at the Mariott Coralville Hotel & Conference Center just outside Iowa City, Iowa. In case you need a little convincing, we've got 5 reasons why being there will benefit your farm business.

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Bust that Myth: Strip-Tillage Practices

On April 01, 2015 Leave a comment
This myth-busting article originally appeared in the spring issue of Soybean Business, a publication of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. It is re-published online with permission. Photos and captions added by ETS.
 

Farmers are always on the lookout for ways to increase profitability while protecting their soil and water. One option many farmers have implemented and others are considering is some form of reduced or conservation tillage.

Because incorporating practices like strip-tillage into a farming operation may involve a significant shift away from how they’re currently operating, farmers can be hesitant to make the switch. Proponents of strip-tillage say the practice can be just as productive as conventional tillage, but also conserves soil resources while saving time and money because tillage, fertilization and planting all take place in a single pass. Here are some common misconceptions about strip-till farming.

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Strip-Till Research Shows Benefits of Cost Savings & Stewardship

On March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Farmers in the U.S. and Canada have successfully used the SoilWarrior for years to grow healthy, productive crops while protecting their soil. But farmers aren’t the only ones putting its technology to the test. Public and private researchers across the U.S. are also taking advantage of its compact counterpart – the PlotWarrior – to test the benefits of strip-tillage.  

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