In this episode of the “No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators” podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, No-Till Farmer editor Frank Lessiter talks with Jake Kaderly, an agronomist with 38 years of experience and a 2018 winner of No-Till Farmer’s Responsible Nutrient Management Practitioners program who also no-tills 300 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and cover crops in south-central Wisconsin.
“I grid sample on a 2-acre basis every other year and then I move those grid points and don’t keep them in the same place on purpose. I want to try to get that ground evened up as best as I can. So the year we sample, we do variable rate fertilizer — DAP and potash — and lime if it needs it. The next year I’ll just do maintenance, and then the following year we’re back doing a variable rate application. It’s taken me about 10 years to get this ground evened up where I want it to be…and I’ve seen my yields go progressively up and up and up.…” — Jake Kaderly
Join us as Jake explains why he stresses balance more than focusing on specific nutrients; why boron, calcium and manganese are important in plant growth; how spreading manure impacts soil biology; the role GMO corn has played in reducing the use of toxic chemicals in our farmlands; his theory on how radishes affect nematodes and much more!
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
No-Till Influencers & Innovators podcast series is brought to you by Montag Manufacturing.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)