2022 Research Yield Book

No-till dribble band vs strip-till

No-till Dribble Band Surface 33% N Pre Strip-till 33% Pre


16.2 57.5

14.9 58.3

Test Weight Yield 15.0 Grain Price

274.4 $7.02

279.5 $7.02

Fuel use per ac Fuel price $/gal



$4.56 $0.91

$4.56 $3.65

Application cost $/ac

Difference from Check


Revenue Change


Net Revenue



Figure 22. Corn No-Till dribble band vs. Strip-till data Difference from Check Net Revenue


Corn Strip-Till vs No-Till Dribble Band Strip-till has a distinct advantage over No-Till by creating an ideal seedbed, removing shallow compaction, and placing nutrients where the plant needs them. Many can visualize this but still ask what the yield advantage is and what does the strip-till do to my bottom line. This trial was designed to help those with questions understand the yield and financial benefits of strip-till. Due to the Orthman research farm being ridge till and gravity irrigated the old root balls were removed with a stalk puller prior to fertilization and planting. Furthermore, the farm had been strip-tilled for two years prior to this growing season. Finally, cover crops were drilled in the area of this trial the previous fall and were winter killed. For the strip-till check, eight rows were strip-tilled with 90% of the nutrients placed at 8 inches below the soil and 10% of the nutrients placed at 4 inches below the soil. The No-Till treatment received the same amount of fertilizer as the strip-till, all applied in a dribble band next to where the seed would be planted. The remainder of the season both treatments were treated the same.


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