Every year we evaluate our management practices to see how we can improve our efficiency. Selecting the right hybrids and varieties are key to our success, but fine-tuning our fertilizer program has also paid big dividends.
FOR US NO-TILLERS, planters are perhaps the most important tool on our farm. High yields are attainable when seeds are spaced evenly and planted at the right depth, without sidewall compaction and contact with residue.
ON MANY NO-TILL farms, perennial weeds are hard to control, as tillage is not an option to take care of escapes from in-season weed control. And in more southern areas with late frosts, annuals may escape and need to be controlled after harvest to ensure they don’t go to seed.
For many years we’ve had corn heads designed to accommodate only the row spacing you’ve chosen to plant. And these headers may or may not have done the best job handling the stout corn hybrids we have today, which affects the residue situation no-tillers must deal with the following year.
AS COMMODITY prices are falling, it’s a good time to review your cost-of-production figures. You can do this on a whole-farm basis, but it’s even more beneficial to do it on individual fields or groups of fields.
Lewis Krueger, CEO of Cross Slot No-Till Systems in Appleton, WIs., talks about the unique seed delivery mechanism of the Cross Slot drill, how the gangs can be raised and lowered for different row spacing options, and some design and production changes that are in the works now that these machines are being made in the U.S.
Finding solutions to the problems farmers face is what inspired Harry and Etta Yetter to open a small machine shop in west central Illinois in the 1930s. Today, four generations later, Yetter continues the tradition of solving agricultural problems to meet the needs of producers all over the world.
Needham Ag understands the role of technology in making better use of limited resources within a specific environment by drawing on a wealth of global experience to overcome the challenges facing today's farmers, manufacturers and dealers.