Agriculture essentially began with humans tilling the soil. To say tillage has been around a while is an understatement — the bible references farmers being either a tender of the flock or a tiller of the soil. So, it stands to reason tillage is still around even in a world pushing no-till and regenerative practices. But when is the right time to cultivate your soil and is it doing more harm than good? Should you skip the tillage altogether? And what type of tillage equipment should you be using? Dan Luepkes explains his concept on cultivation — when and why he does or doesn’t make the decision to turn the soil.
Standing in a very heavy residue field, Melissa talks with Tyler about residue management and the performance of Concept Agritek's Residue RX product line.
Heavy residue in Kelly's no-till environment can lead to Physoderma stalk rot. In this video Kelly talks about the trial he is doing with BASF's Veltyma™ to prevent stalk rot from setting in. He also discusses the soybean population trials he is conducting this year and the foliar application he is delivering using a mix of products from TEVA Corporation, AgXplore and Hefty Naturals.
Arkansas produces over 9 billion pounds of rice per year (nearly half of all US rice production) and it is the state's top agricultural export. In this video, Matt Miles and Robbo Dedman take you on a tour of their complex rice growing operation. You may not be growing rice yourself, but there is a lot to learn by listening to these two rice experts talk shop in the field.
Dan made the switch from an airbag downforce system to Precision Planting's DeltaForce system a few years ago. Like others, he weighed the cost of retrofitting his planter with the new technology versus the potential yield ROI of a crop that is planted at a uniform depth from end to end. In this video Dan talks about the ROI he sees from DeltaForce on his tougher no-till fields.
Kelly talks about some of the products that he is using in his sprayer tanks from Hefty Naturals that help remove chlorine and condition the water. He is also applying Meltdown from Biodyne USA to help accelerate stalk break down before he plants beans into his no-till corn.
Dan is on his final day of beans and he is finishing up in one of his no-till fields. Covered in a blanket of heavy corn residue left over form last year's harvest, the ground is dry and hard. Dan takes you inside the cab to talk about some of the technology, including Precision Planting's Clean Sweep, that he uses to make sure things are being done right in this challenging field.
Last week we had a call with Jason Schley from Next Level Ag in South Dakota. We were looking at some soil samples we pulled a few weeks ago; they ran them through their lab and learned a lot of information, including a few things we hadn’t seen before. One of the questions that came up in that call was “what is our soil pH at varying depths?”
Kelly Garrett discusses the carbon trade and how he’s making money to sequester carbon while improving his acres on the Business of Agriculture.