Crops - The Lynch File: Confessions of a closet strip tiller

Hitherto, our columnist had been reluctant to promote the system because of the cost and expertise required, and other reasons. But times have changed


It is time for me to come out of the closet and admit that I believe more producers should switch to strip till.

Some call it strip till, while others call it strip till planting. Whatever you call it, this system combines the benefits of no-till and conventional tillage systems. It combines the no-till benefits of reduced erosion and soil moisture conservation with the conventional tillage benefits of having a worked seedbed. Strip tillage has overcome the greatest challenge to no tilling, namely successfully planting corn across a wide range of environments.

Better Farming - April 2008