Soil and Water Improvement through Strip Tilling and Cover Crop Application

Brad Nere

Observation during winter and spring 2015 showed some of the worst wind erosion in years. There was a significant amount of soil that was blown into the ditches around fields. The winter of 2016 also did not provide much snow cover which promoted wind erosion. We observed the acres we had custom strip tilled had significantly less erosion than our conventionally tilled acres. We attended the National Strip Till Conference which provided a lot of very good information and also provided networking with other farmers trying these practices. We continue to get advice from a friend and neighbor who has been strip-tilling for 10 years. He has been very helpful in showing us what he has learned from his successes and challenges.