Corn Calamity
Corn Calamity. Due to a shallow root structure, an August windstorm in 2018 wiped out every corn plant on Mike Starkey’s conventionally tilled acres. His no-tilled corn remained unharmed despite being the same hybrid.

Combatting Compaction with Cover Crops

A relentless 75-acre compaction problem gave Brownsburg, Ind., farmer Mike Starkey perspective on the sustainable, cost-effective advantages of a no-till, cover crop system.

During the summer of 2011, Brownsburg, Ind., corn, soybean and wheat no-tiller Mike Starkey agreed to host the John Deere Roll-Out new equipment event on his farm, leasing out a 75-acre corn plot at the entrance of his 2,600-acre operation. 

Dealers from around the world visited to see the release of F-Series Combines and R-Series Tractors over a 2-week period. But soon after, Starkey came to realize the degree to which 95-plus tractors and other…

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The National Strip-Tillage Conference returns August 8-9, 2024! Build and refine your strip-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 11th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Madison, Wis. Aug. 8-9, 2024. Experience an energizing 2-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and collaborative Strip-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered.

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