Farm Progress

Think differentWhen a 2008 Extension strip-till demo opened Tim Koosmann’s mind to strip-till, he bought a Deere 1910 air cart and a 2510S strip-till air cart, “but auto-steer made it harder than it needed to be,” he says. “Stripping with RTK guidance showed off the advantages of straighter strips. It’s all about fewer passes and efficiency.”The west-central Minnesota farmer transitioned from ridge-till and rotated corn/soybeans to strip-tilling continuous corn with variable-rate P and K banding. The system gives him the best possible seedbeds, he says. “Now, because it’s working and I’ve reduced my inputs, I feel positioned for lower corn prices.”

Susan Winsor

September 17, 2014

5 Min Read
<p>Koosmann builds next year&rsquo;s strips in between this year&rsquo;s corn rows. By fall, last year&rsquo;s residue has decomposed to the point that it crumbles to dust if disturbed.</p>

About the Author(s)

Susan Winsor

Before joining Corn and Soybean Digest, Susan was an agricultural magazine editor for Miller Publishing, a newspaper reporter for Gannett newspapers and Manager, Marketing Publications for Cenex/Land O’Lakes Ag Services. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism.

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