Cardinal Ag is pleased to bring Strip-till Fertilizer Application to the Ohio area. Strip-till is a system in which strips of soil are tilled before planting using a knife apparatus such as a ripper shank. The strips are approximately 8 inches wide and 6 to 9 inches deep. These strips are cleared of most of the residue and tilled for warming and drying purposes during the planting operation. Fertilizer is incorporated at the time of strip tillage, which places fertilizer in a band in the soil profile 2 to 8 inches deep, which would directly place the fertilizer in the crop’s root zone. The seeds are planted directly into the strip of loosened soil.
Strip-tillage creates an environment favorable for rapid seed germination and growth while providing excellent residue management and erosion control. Other potential advantages from strip tillage compared to other forms of tillage include; optimum fertilizer placement for plant uptake, reduce compaction in the seed zone, warmer seedbed, earlier planting, ideal soil moisture and structure for seed-to-soil contact, rapid and more extensive early root growth, reduced disease pressure to the small seedling, greater early-season plant growth, and reduced losses of nutrients (primarily P) in surface runoff.
Cost Benefits of Strip-Till Banding Fertilizer Application:
- Reduced input cost – Tageted product application requires approximately 50-75% of what broadcast application requires.
- Banding nutrients right in the seedbed for optimum nutrient uptake.
- Reduces water / wind erosion compared to conventional tillage.
- Reduced risk of runoff of nutrients with banding undergrad vs broadcast.
- No need for a spring tillage pass with a tractor and implement on strip-till fields.