Do the Challenges of a Strip Disc System Pay Off

GRDC - Author: Richard Konzag (Konzag Grains)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “A strip disc system can have both financial and farming system benefits, through timely planting of the crop, improved crop competition with weeds, less wear and tear on machinery and reduced fuel use on the harvester. However, the strip disc system does come with some challenges; with reduced herbicide options, potential for increased herbicide damage of sensitive crops and possible higher pest numbers.”. Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

Do the Challenges of a Strip Disc System Pay Off – a Grower’s Perspective

The take home messages from this GRDC  funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

  • Strip disc systems can retain more plant available water (PAW).
  • Mice and insects love the extra soil cover.
  • Herbicide options change with a strip disc system.

Table 1. Seeder and row spacing comparison- 2013

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