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What is the Effectiveness of Strip Tillage?. Eric C. Miller SOIL 4213: Precision Agriculture April 15 th , 2013. April 15 th = Tax Day. Benefits of strip tillage. Improved seedbed environment Dryer and warmer soils Earlier planting Consistent seed depth Better plant stand Net Return

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what is the effectiveness of strip tillage
What is the Effectiveness of Strip Tillage?

Eric C. Miller

SOIL 4213: Precision Agriculture

April 15th, 2013

benefits of strip tillage
Benefits of strip tillage
  • Improved seedbed environment
    • Dryer and warmer soils
    • Earlier planting
    • Consistent seed depth
    • Better plant stand
    • Net Return
    • Yield Response
    • P and K fertilizerplacement

http://www.bighambrothers.com/strip-till-examples.htm

seedbed environment
Seedbed environment

No tillage

Strip tillage

Photo adapted from Vyn et al., 2008

broadcast and banding p and k
Broadcast and banding P and K
  • Most common method
  • Increased vertical stratification of P and K

Broadcast

http://www.lancoequipment.com/

Banded

http://www.farmequipmentfinder.com/view_item.php?id=2695

  • Potential improved fertilizer use efficiency
is banding p the answer
Is banding P the answer?

http://science.time.com/2013/04/02/report-predicts-ever-bigger-lake-erie-algae-blooms/

yield response to banded p
Yield response to banded P

ab

ab

b

Data adapted from Tarkalson and Bjorneberg, 2012

yield response to tillage
Yield response to tillage

a

a

b

Data adapted from Vyn et al., 2006

planting into the strip is critical
Planting into the strip is critical

Planted off the strip

Planted on the strip

The strip

Photo adapted from Vyn et al., 2008

value of rtk
Value of RTK

a

ab

ab

bc

c

Data adapted from Vyn et al., 2008

what is the effectiveness of strip tillage1
What is the effectiveness of strip tillage
  • Improved seedbedenvironment
    • Net Return
    • Yield Response
    • Value of RTK

No tillage

Conventional

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