As the only raised bed farmer in XtremeAg, Matt has always utilized a twin row planter configuration to plant 2 rows into each raised bed. As a result he cannot be as flexible with his populations as his row and seed spacing are limiting factors. That may change soon if this Monosem triple row planter delivers in this first of its kind trial.
Soil compaction is a silent yield robber. Unlike a wind storm or hail damage, you may not see the harm to your crop — but you will certainly see it on your combine’s yield monitor. In the old days we thought deep ripping was the solution to correcting soil compaction but that’s timely -- and with the price of diesel — exceedingly expensive. XtremeAg’s Kevin Matthews discusses the cause and cost of compaction and offers solutions on avoiding or rectifying the problem. From tire pressure adjustments to cover crop utilization and a few other tips, Kevin can help you keep your soils un-compacted!
Chad is getting ready to spray and will be trialing a new adjuvant from Spraytec called Fulltec. Like a Swiss army knife of adjuvants, the multi-function spray adjuvant claims to be a drift retardant, a pH adjuster, a defoamer, a water conditioner, and a lot more at a low use rate. Chad is going to put it to the test and will check back in later this season with the results.
Kevin shares a modification that he applies to his Conceal that prevents the knife-tip from clogging up.
Chad's planter is broke down and after a day and half of searching for the problem, he finally found it in the one area he least expected.
Miles Farms is running 24/7 trying to get their rice crop in. Layne talks about the pre-emerge program they are using and the battle against red rice.
It is well known now that FMC's Xyway caused germination issues in a few cases last year when used in-furrow and in contact with the seed. Kevin shares the details of a trial that he is conducting this year with Xyway and SelectShot from CapstanAg to test the efficacy of Xyway in-furrow while still keeping it 2 inches off the seed at all times.
Kevin shares a trick he learned for fixing seeding rate abnormalities caused by debris being sucked into the vents of his John Deere ExactEmerge Planter.
Generally when we think of crop stress, we think of heat and drought. However there’s also stress of cold and wet and many other stressful occurrences that arise throughout a growing season. Successfully getting your crop through those stressful times can make a huge difference on your yield monitor. Mike Evans of Integrated Ag Solutions explains practices and products he’ll be deploying for Garrett Land & Cattle as well as his other farmer clients.