No-till farming creates an improved soil environment that is rich with biological activity all year long, but it also adds a blanket of residue that can make planting a challenge at times. Lee shows us what is happening underneath his layer of residue and discusses technique for ensuring seed to soil contact in a no-till environment.
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!
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.
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.
When your farm operates as a "one man band” you wear every hat, but as your operation expands you quickly realize the need to prioritize responsibilities based personality, interest, or aptitude. Nobody can be an expert at everything. Generally, some of us love production, while others of us gravitate to the business side of farming. Stuart Sanderson of Henderson Farms explains how their operation divides responsibilities for a success and harmony. And, no, “harmony” doesn’t mean a lack of disagreement!
We’re all guilty of being enamored with what’s shiny and beautiful. In farming, that means shiny new equipment, class A farm ground, and fancy facilities. But sometimes you can improve your bottom line by improving assets that are less than shiny. Depending on your capital position, age, and operation, you may have no choice but to do just that. Illinois XtremeAg farmer, Dan Luepkes wasn’t well capitalized, so he went about building his empire by turning trash into cash…or at least into nicely appreciated, improved assets. Dan shares his Agricultural business philosophy and provides a “how to" in this episode.
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.
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.
Soil is the most important resource in production agriculture. How you manage it determines your farm’s long term success. Robb Dedman of Ultimate Ag Consulting joins Matt Miles of Miles Farms to discuss their 21st century approach to monitoring, measuring, and managing their farm’s precious soil resource.