Precision Problem-Solving, Progress & Aggravations

Platform compatibility, finding optimal supplier partners and technology pain points are analyzed by select group of farmers.

Pictured Above: TECH EDUCATION. Running a 48-row John Deere DB120 planter on his 2,200-acre operation in Mead, Neb., strip-tiller Kerry Knuth is meticulous with the precision technology he uses and the supplier support partners he chooses. Photo: Kerry Knuth

Precision farming tools are a part of many strip-tillers’ systems, and while technology often improves efficiency and productivity, it can also pose adoption challenges.

Our editors assembled a diverse group of farmers at the 4th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, Neb., to discuss strategies, objectives and outcomes of utilizing precision farming systems. This also included influencing factors when making precision purchases and the significance of having a reliable support network.

At the table were Kerry and Angela Knuth from Mead, Neb., Jeff Reints from Shell Rock, Iowa, Tim Leischner from Parkston, S.D., and Chad Huedepohl from NovAtel. Below are excerpts from the conversation, and you can listen to a podcast of the conversation at:

Q: What are some of the precision tools and strip-till strategies you have utilized on your farm? 

Kerry Knuth: “We’ve been strip-tilling all of our corn since 2005 and before that, we were doing full tillage. We also no-till our soybeans. We transitioned into strip-till with a triple-coulter system and I liked it, putting nutrients in the strip. We were working with a 12-row strip-till rig and a 36-row planter, so we definitely needed technology to stay on those strips in spring. 

“At the time, we were at about 4-inch accuracy and when we…

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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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