Farming

Switching To No - Till & Making It Work At Scale

Switching To No - Till & Making It Work At Scale

Lee Lubbers of Lubbers Farms in Gregory, South Dakota was a no-till pioneer. In fact, he and his brother attempted to purchase no-till planting equipment back when it was so unpopular, the John Deere dealer refused to order it in for them! The farmers began no-tilling in the 1980s out of necessity — lack of labor, lack of money, lack of equipment. They also looked at it as a way to better utilize their farm land resource — leaving land fallow for a season to gain moisture was common at the time, and they needed a crop every year. Today Lubbers’ entire 17,000 acre operation is no-till. How do they do it, what are the benefits and pitfalls, and what do you need to know to succeed while avoiding tillage? Find out in this episode!

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Residue Management Through Biologicals 

Residue Management Through Biologicals 

With bigger corn crops come more stover in the field, which can prevent proper seed-to- soil contact following planting. Biologicals such as ResidueRX eliminate this problem, along with preventing disease, maximizing nutrient utilization, and saving you time and money by allowing you to apply during your pre-emergent spray pass. In this episode we discuss residue management to attain bigger yields — especially while reducing planting population.

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Biologicals to Make P&K More Available

Biologicals to Make P&K More Available

Fertilizer prices are doubling from last crop season as overall Ag input prices are increasing. Savvy farmers understand the need to squeeze every penny out of their input dollars. Biological products like TitanXC — a fertilizer coating — do just that by making phosphorous and potassium more available for crops. Studies show that as much as 60% of your phosphorous goes un-utilized. Can you afford to let that much of your purchase go unused? Brian and Steve from Agricen join Iowa producer Kelly Garrett to discuss the science and the financial return.

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Packing on Extra Yield in Corn with a PGR

Packing on Extra Yield in Corn with a PGR

Every farmer looks for denting in the corn kernels as a sign that it is getting close to harvest. But what happens when your corn doesn't dent? Kevin and Kelly talk about why denting is actually a yield limiter and how they used a PGR from AgXplore to add extra yield.

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Three Southern Farmers In A Field with Lee Lubbers

Three Southern Farmers In A Field with Lee Lubbers

Matt Miles, Chad Henderson and Kevin Matthews pay a visit to Lee Lubbers farm in Gregory, South Dakota to take a look at his dry land corn and talk about field management practices, soil, product trials, and a whole lot more. The next best thing to being in the field with these 4 top growers is watching it on video.

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Kevin's NCGA Wedding Corn

Kevin's NCGA Wedding Corn

The wedding is over and now Kevin hopes the honeymoon phase begins as he cuts his NCGA contest corn. He breaks down what he likes about it and the field management practices that he used to get it to this point. Corn is in the hopper and it's safe to say based on the yield monitor that the "Wedding Corn" has done its job.

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Dan's Three Keys To Getting His Corn Crop Through A Rough Year

Dan's Three Keys To Getting His Corn Crop Through A Rough Year

It has been a rough year for Dan. The season started with a frost on May 30 that stunted and killed some of his corn, then extreme drought conditions persisted all summer, and then the winds came and blew down part of his corn. Not to mention an invasion of pests and then the threat of Tar Spot. Still, the crop looks pretty good considering the year he has had. Dan shares three reasons why.

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Drip Irrigation — How It Works & The Benefits Of It

Drip Irrigation — How It Works & The Benefits Of It

In most of the corn and soybean growing regions, we envision center pivots when we think of irrigation. But in an Ag world impacted increasingly by environmental forces compelling us to till less and drastically reduce resource consumption, we may utilize more drip irrigation. Dan Luepkes explains the Netafim drip irrigation system he uses to set yield records on his Illinois farm. You’ll see command central, the distribution infrastructure, and head in field to see the results.

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Plant Growth Regulators Explained with Mark and Caleb Coots

Plant Growth Regulators Explained with Mark and Caleb Coots

Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s) have been available since 1979 according to Mark Coots, founder and CEO of Teva Corporation. That’s news to a lot of farmers who are still unfamiliar with the products 42 years after their alleged introduction. Mr. Coots and his plant biologist son, Caleb, join Kelly Garrett to explain PGR technology and the results farmers can attain when PGR’s are used in conjunction with other best farming practices.

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