Corn School: Strip Tillage With a Twist

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Many producers are looking to strip-tillage as an intermediary between conventional and no-till farming systems. Like any tillage system, strip-till doesn’t come without its challenges. In areas with changes in terrain, it can be difficult to remain in position without adjusting the GPS/auto-steer system.

In this episode of Corn School, filmed at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith speaks with Greg Stewart, corn specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Stewart is involved in a research project looking at spring-applied, contour strip tillage that doubles as a fertilizer pass, applying all of the necessary nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. One of the major advantages to this sort of application is the potential to reduce the risk of erosion. The study uses GPS technology with a slight adjustment to the tractor’s drawbar to keep the tillage where it needs to be, even on the contour.

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