There’s a lot to consider heading into any new crop year but especially as we prepare for 2022 with record run-ups in input prices, lack of input inventory, Covid marketplace impacts, and uncertainty. One consideration always in play is whether or not to alter the crop rotation. XtremeAg farmer, Chad Henderson explains why he’s staying the course in 2022 with his usual crop acreage splits.
Chad brought his combines into the shop this week to get them ready for wheat harvest in June. He walks through a few of the maintenance items he looks for.
Kelly is always looking for the next greatest thing to increase efficiency at planting time and he thinks he may have found it in a new system from CapstanAg called SelectShot. In the process of installing the precision in-furrow delivery system, Kelly breaks it down with CapstanAg's Brian Bentz.
Winter is a good time to reflect back on what the prior farming season taught us and how we can apply those lessons for success in the new year. Alabama farm operator and XtremeAg co-founder Chad Henderson discusses some of his 2021 investments and ventures. He also covers the business and personal lessons he’s applying for a more prosperous 2022. From installing drainage (for the first time!), to practicing patience as a manager, Chad has plenty of lessons to share from the year that was.
Kevin Matthews is always looking for a way to improve upon how he does what he does on his North Carolina farming operation. In 2021 he implemented changes in how he plants, how he sprays, and how he harvests. Looking ahead to crop year 2022, he discusses how he’ll perfect his newly implemented changes. Remember, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. And that simply won’t do for an XtremeAg producer!
Kevin is kicking off the New Year by spreading lime. He uses a calcitic lime that comes from a quarry on the Atlantic coast that contains very little magnesium in it. Kevin talks equipment, his guidance system and why PH is key to overcoming higher fertilizer prices.
You can buy all the inputs you can afford trying to raise your farm average, but if you don't maintain your property and create an optimum growing environment, then you are probably wasting money. Kevin discusses his field maintenance strategy.
Three years in the making, Kelly talks with Jim Ed Beach from Netafim and Kurt Grimm from Nutradrip about a new system they are working on that will allow hog farmers to utilize the naturally created waste products as fertilizer in a drip system. Based on the same premise that Netafim uses to run dairy cow effluent through drip systems, the system overcomes the barriers that had previously prevented swine effluent from being used in drip applications.
It has been a tough season that Dan will be happy is over. So, no surprise that when he finds something that is actually working well for him, he's gonna tell us about it. In this case, Dan talks about his favorite "Yield Saving" features on his new Drago GT corn head.