This blog is part of a podcast series following one Minnesota farmer through a season of strip-till. Listen to the full audio episode by scrolling to the bottomof the page.
With the May sun shining brightly, Ed Hegland’s 16-row White planter easily carved through the soil on his farm near Appleton, Minnesota.
For the past three seasons, Hegland has zone-tilled all of his corn and soybean acres. This morning he planted soybeans into strips tilled days earlier with a SoilWarrior. Despite dry conditions last fall and a spring with only spotty rains, Hegland dug his fingers into the dirt to reveal that his newly-planted soybeans were in moist soil.