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Corn+Soybean Digest
Koosmann builds next yearrsquos strips in between this yearrsquos corn rows By fall last yearrsquos residue has decomposed to the point that it crumbles to dust if disturbed
<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>

Shift to strip-till: residue management, benefits, challenges and tips

Think different When a 2008 Extension strip-till demo opened Tim Koosmann&rsquo;s mind to strip-till, he bought a Deere 1910 air cart and a 2510S strip-till air cart, &ldquo;but auto-steer made it harder than it needed to be,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Stripping with RTK guidance showed off the advantages of straighter strips. It&rsquo;s all about fewer passes and efficiency.&rdquo; 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. &ldquo;Now, because it&rsquo;s working and I&rsquo;ve reduced my inputs, I feel positioned for lower corn prices.&rdquo;

Continuous-corn residue isn’t a headache for strip-tiller Tim Koosmann. “We build next year’s strips in between this year’s corn rows,” says the Appleton, Minn., fifth-generation farmer. “All that’s left in the strips is corn roots.

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