Soil and Water Improvement through Strip-Tilling and Cover Crop Application

Brad and Darlene Nere

The objective of this project is to explore practices to reduce nitrogen loss and improve nitrogen management which, in turn, improves water quality. Cover crops will bring up underutilized nutrients from deeper in the soil profile, reduce erosion and allow better infiltration of rain water. Strip tilling will also aid in reducing soil erosion and improving water quality by leaving more residue on the soil surface during vulnerable periods during the year. The split application of nitrogen will benefit both soil and water quality and result in reduced fertilizer costs with more efficient use and less total nitrogen needed.