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4. Residue Management in Tough Soils - Greg Millard


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Strategies & equipment modifications for no-till difficult soils. Focus on residue management. Panel: Brent Vanden Bosch, Greg Millard & Henry Denotter

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4. Residue Management in Tough Soils - Greg Millard

  1. 1. Farm Life - Started in 1974 - 560 acres, corn/beans - 45 years with Pioneer - Precision planter dealer - 25 years of roasting beans.
  2. 2. • In 1992 started experimenting with no till. • In 2000-2001 went to minimum till with the Rotary Harrow
  3. 3. • Hard to set up right. • Set up one time in the spring and don’t adjust again.
  4. 4. • Heavily endorsed when working with Pin style trash wheels
  5. 5. • If you’re too stubborn to use a hard hat be sure to have a few of these in your back pocket.
  6. 6. • The new style of the Martin-till residue wheels are superior to old style we had. Far easier to set. • Just moving the residue instead of ploughing through the soil.
  7. 7. • Started to notice corn residue wasn’t breaking down quick enough. Went to Calmers’ BT stalk choppers and haven’t looked back. Does a superior job of managing the size the stalk pieces that comes through the stalk rolls.
  8. 8. • Summer of 2017 There are cons to having residue left on the ground when you deal with flood.
  9. 9. Stinks!!
  10. 10. • 2018 planting compared to the 2017 growing season. • Was a bit of tillage done.
  11. 11. Harvest 2018
  12. 12. Thank you!