Marion Calmer takes corn harvest seriously. The Alpha, Ill., no-tiller knows a properly adjusted combine will allow him to harvest every kernel possible, but he needs to process residue to successfully no-till next year’s crop with limited problems from last year’s residue.
Bt stalks, corn-on-corn, narrower rows, higher populations and fungicides all make corn residue difficult to decompose and turn into humus and organic matter. Calmer will offer his best tips for a highly functioning combine, including his No. 1 most profitable adjustment.