RTK Helps No-Tiller Tame Tough Corn Residue Challenges

Ohio no-tiller Don Denton finds precise guidance helps his soybean planter steer clear of corn stubble, save seed and improve soybean stands on his farm.

When it comes to residue management in no-till, real-time kinematic (RTK) guidance probably isn’t the first tool farmers would consider using.

But RTK provides Ohio no-tiller Don Denton a precise residue-management solution that also reduces seed costs and improves seed-to-soil contact.

“I don’t think I can put a dollar amount on what it’s done for me, but it’s certainly paid for itself,” Denton says. “I don’t touch my stalks after harvest, and I bought RTK with the goal of being able to manage residue.”

Precise Planting

Denton no-tills soybeans after corn on about 3,300 acres in Cardington, Ohio, and has struggled with planting soybeans into corn residue. He plants most of his soybeans in 15-inch rows with a Kinze planter and also does some seeding with a 30-foot John Deere drill on 7½-inch spacing.

For years, he planted corn with a 16-row planter, but moved last spring to a 24-row Kinze planter. But whenever Denton would plant into the old stalks with his 15-inch soybean planter, he would lose seed-to-soil contact and not get as good of a stand.

“We tried planting at an angle so we weren’t running down a row, but it still happened every time we crossed the row, which made it a pain to harvest,” Denton says. “I like to see nice, straight rows for harvesting and planting. I tried to drive so I wasn’t on a row, but doing that all day long is really stressful.”

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Jack Zemlicka

Jack Zemlicka was the Technology Editor for No-Till Farmer. His coverage included precision farming practices, products and trends, which can improve efficiency and productivity for no-till farmers.

He joined Lessiter Publications Ag Division in 2012 and also served as managing editor of Strip-Till Farmer.

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