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Strip-till works well in fields with heavy residue. There should be 70% soybean residue in the field when strip-tilling corn after beans. Strips establish a slightly elevated seedbed that warms up earlier in the spring, promoting earlier seed germination, which also helps reduce the risk of disease.
- Ideally, strips are established in the fall after harvest using shank-type row units. However, coulter units can also work well when you are forced to establish strips in the spring.
- The typical strip-till equipment row units, from front to back include:
- row cleaner
- tillage shank with dry fertilizer or liquid/anhydrous knife
- closing disk to form berm
- optional rolling basket (more prevalent during spring)
(Source: Charles Ellis, natural resources engineer, University of Missouri)