Everyone is telling Kelly that his idea to plant soybeans in December is a bad one, but he doesn't care. So, he's got a few bags of beans and he's putting in 30 acres before winter sets in.
It's the XtremeAg.farm member webinar where the team unveils results from various trials, discusses key learnings and insights from the 2020 season. Topics discussed include, foliar and starter fertilizer trials, population research, soybean desiccation, late season nitrogen applications, seed selection, tillage, fungicide, biologicals, boron, sulfur, fertility, and much more.
Dan is taking his Rapid-Till out again to experiment with some fall strip tillage in order to break up any compaction between rows and build a berm for spring planting.
Dan is back in the field that he used the strip-freshener last spring and he likes what he sees. Keeping the moisture in the soil early on in the spring with s strip-till approach rather than full-till, seems to have paid off in what was a very dry year in northern Illinois.
Kelly has been focusing on driving higher corn yields every year and it has paid off in both ROI and 4 straight NCGA Iowa yield titles. But, unforeseen was the effect his higher yields and no-till operation would have on soybean emergence the following spring.
Cover crops have many benefits including erosion control, soil health, nutrient preservation, improve water quality, and control of pests, weeds, and diseases. In this member video, Dan shares his cover crop program and talks about why he moved from planting all rye cover crops to a blend.
As a no-till operation, one of the challenges Kelly has always had is getting his early beans to emerge through the thick layer of residue left behind from the previous year’s corn crop. This year, he thinks he may have found a fix for that issue.
Matt puts in the final acres of cotton and talks to his BASF agronomist and innovation specialist about the importance of field trials.
Fields are still a little wet in northern Illinois. Dan is doing some light row tillage with the Rapid Till to speed drying without disrupting soil structure.