By Lizabeth Stahl
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Field demonstrations by major manufacturers of strip-tillage equipment will run from 9:00 to 11:00 and again at 1:00 to 3:00. Educational presentations by
Besides many environmental benefits, conservation tillage practices, such as strip-tillage, can yield economic benefits as well. Fuel costs can be reduced as trips across the field are decreased and fertilizer costs can be decreased if fertilizer is banded instead of broadcast.
With fall strip tillage, a zone typically 5 to 9 inches deep and 7 to 9 inches wide is tilled in the crop row, while the area between rows is untouched. The crop is subsequently planted into the cleared strips in the spring. Strip-tillage addresses a common concern of conservation tillage related to soil wam-up in the spring by clearing residue in the plant row while maintaining high residue levels overall.
The "Strip Tillage Expo" is a great opportunity to learn more about strip tillage and current research results, to compare what system might work best for you, and to learn from others currently practicing strip tillage to help fine-tune your management practices.