Precision Ag

Will Automatic Steering Benefit No-Tillers?

It may be as much as a $50,000 question, but increased accuracy could definitely make it pay in some no-till operations.
While it depends on your own particular farming operation, automatic tractor steering systems that cost as much as $50,000 could pay off relatively quickly, says Randall Reeder, Extension agricultural engineer at Ohio State University.
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Using Precision Ag To Unlock Higher No-Till Yields

You can earn an extra $5.20 extra per acre by using variable rate seeding with new precision management tools.
To feed future generations, no-tillers will need to find new ways to increase productivity while conserving current and future resources, says Darian Landolt, a researcher in CNH Global’s Product Management Innovation Group at Maple Park, Ill. Most importantly, he maintains that these objectives must be sustainable.
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Precision Place Those No-Tilled Seeds

Combining new technologies with the best features of planters and drills, the new 3N-3010P and 3N-3020P seeding rigs from Great Plains Manufacturing feature meters that singulate soybean, corn and cotton seed while volumetrically metering smaller grains like wheat and rice. The extra-large wheel on this 30-foot unit turns slowly, allowing the meter to operate efficiently at speeds as fast as 8 miles per hour.
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Use Incentives To Expand No-Till Acres

Northeast Nebraska program boosts no-till interest, acres and yields by going from 8,382 acres in 1999 to 120,000 no-tilled acres this year.
When funding for conservation practices began to tighten in the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District (LENRD) in northeast Nebraska, a collaborative effort and new incentive program introduced more farmers to no-till and increased no-till acres.
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Should You Buy A No-Till Air Drill

I'm considering buying a 42-foot John Deere 1850 no-till air drill with a 1900 cart, even though this rig seems so expensive with high maintenance! Since the 1860 drill offers some improvements, should I consider that model instead?
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No-Tilling More Accurately

The key is overcoming seed placement concerns, maintains this no-till inventor.
Paul Schaffert has been no-tilling for 27 years. Over the years, the Indianola, Neb., farmer has overcome several serious no-till concerns with plenty of farm shop engineering know-how.
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