Saturday, October 30, 2010

Back To Work

So we have been busy summarizing all of the harvest data and making charts of results. These will be shown in the next Liquid newsletter, grower meetings and of course, the annual Research Report. I will say that we are having some very good results that we can't wait to present. But alas, there is still some farm work to do. One of our jobs is to apply fall strip till treatments, or as we call it, Nutri-Till. Here we are running treatments into wheat stubble. We had good results with fall applications of Pro-Germinator and Sure-K in our trials this year, and are repeating some of these, plus new variations. I will say that we do not recommend fall application of nitrogen solutions due to losses before the corn needs it way into next season. But Pro-Germinator and Sure-K can work well with fall strip till application. In the picture below we see Doug in command of our custom-built Nutri-Till applicator. Doug was also the custom-builder. Looking out the back window we see straight strips thanks to RTK and auto-steer.
We like for the Pro-Germinator and Sure-K to be placed in the seed zone. In other words, shallow placement and not in the deep placement typical of most strip till tools. In the picture below, the Nutri-Till tool is in the raised position. Hopefully you can see the knife behind the front coulter where fertilizer can be placed 5 to 6 inches below the seed placement. With spring Nutri-Till, we will put nitrogen there, but not in the fall. We are running a treatment of Sure-K and also Pro-Germinator + Sure-K in the deep placement for comparison to shallow placement and planter placement. And hopefully you can see the green tube going to the back between the rear coulters. This places the fertilizer in the seed zone, a couple inches below the surface. We have two tanks and two pumps for the dual placement which is common in the spring. With all of the monitors and red balls to watch, auto steer is a real asset.

And here is what we will be planting into next year. I guess this proves that we will be back for 2011. This is not the last plot task for the fall. Hopefully I will show you what remains on Monday.