Verified FBN Member (MN)
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Agronomy

Does anyone utilize strip-tilling for their row crops in ND/central/northern MN?

I farm 750 acres of corn/soybeans/wheat in Northern MN and am wanting to learn more about the pros and cons of strip-tilling from folks who are currently doing it.

What ROI have they projected, and are they seeing the results?

Verified FBN Member (ND)

Have been strip tilling for over 10 years. No plans to go away from it. Feel like it’s better then no till and conventional tillage in the north.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

*****, thanks for replying. Do you have an ROI on strip-tilling that you set out to accomplish, and have been able to see it pay for itself?

I also think it makes the most sense in our climate vs no-till.

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Row on row, corn on corn can be done with Aguru Machinery strip-till units. Pros: Often improves yields in corn and soybeans by recycling residue, placing fertilizer/humates and aeration/water infiltration in root zone, and break up compaction compared to broadcast on no-till and full tillage. Cons: expect potential run-off/ erosion more than no-till (less than full till), might not even the field as well as full tillage or manage rocky soils well.

Verified FBN Member (ND)

The only time I notill is when I get off my strips by accident. Been striptill since 2007. I have a wako 24 row 30" rig

Verified FBN Member (MN)

****, thanks for the information. What ROI are you seeing from incorporating this practice into your operation?

Verified FBN Member (ND)

10-75 bu per acre in corn

Cost is $30-40 in parts and rock recovery

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