In Washington State, The Longest Term, Ultimate No-till Field and Farm, The Boe Ranch.

2,000 acres, about 2 miles North to South. The Steepest of the Steep with 350 to 400 feet of elevation difference top to bottom at 1,472 feet …The Skyrocket Hills on the horizon, 1,875 feet.

The hillside combine can be out of level (50%) for 30 passes up the hill.

Winter Wheat Farming the Angle of Repose.

Land so steep it must be single disc banded for top yields. The No-tillage tool saves moisture and holds the soil, allowing the snow pack to perk into the soil and driving yields much higher to 120 bushel per acre range.

You get all the percentage points when you pay attention to the details. One of the most significant details is banded Anhydrous Ammonia goes together with Snow.

The crop production machinery is part of the recipe for success using modern tools, scientific investigation and trial and error evaluation (Monte Carlo).

The tool box is extensive, Turbine powered Bi-planes, Ground sprayers for Roundup and selective herbicides, Uniform Exactrix TAPPS, a modified Deere 1990 on 12 inch band centers at 42 feet, Case Quad Trak tractive power, and seeding winter wheat and spring wheat with single disc 50 foot, 5 section, Deere 1890 at 7.5 inch seed row spacing with Ag Pro seed meters.

High Yielding Winter and Spring Wheat Country. Lowest Cost Per Bushel Produced.

April 30, 16, Flying with the best ag pilots in the world over the top of the deep Walla Walla soils of Washington State.

It takes a special attitude to farm the Sky Rocket Hills. Where did the soil come from?

The explosive Cascade Volcanoes, Crater Lake or Mt. Mazama to Mt. Baker and all the 10 Strato-Volcanoes of Oregon and Washington State developed these soils with the help of the wind.

The deep loess soils are formed up in the Rainbow effect.

The really good soils were deposited on the basalt up slopes of Snake River at 450 feet above sea level to the forested edge of the Blue Mountains at 3,450 feet.


The Blue Mountains in the landscape above Walla Walla, Washington. Walla Walla is one of the most beautiful farm towns in the United States, so pretty the Indians named it twice. The Walla Walla Indians picked the name, "Place of Many Waters".

Eyebrows above the eyebrows. These No-tillage fields raise good winter wheat in the 120 bushel per acre range.

Chemfallow is required, no cover crops are used here. Winter Wheat is the cover crop that makes money, No-till.

No weeds grow here. The goal is to use all the soil stored moisture with powerful soil penetrating wheat roots that go much deeper than corn. Corn can not compete with winter wheat.

The goal is to store moisture uniformly and to store the melted snow and rain water deep to 10 feet in the soil profile..about 2.5 inches of water per foot.

The winter wheat roots in this area can send the seminal roots to a depth of 10 feet.

Washington State University released unique soft white winter wheat varieties in 1962 that allowed deeper rooting with less top growth, Less straw and more grain.

The result was a green revolution of Vogel plant breeding at the 3 land grant universities in the region.

A good pattern and great timing for spraying fungicide. Highest horsepower turbine powered aircraft has been selected by the pilot and the manager. Maximum lift can be generated with the Bi-plane wings. The special wings are required to make quick adjustments in altitude.      


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Typical set up for banding with the Deere 1890, 12 inch spacing and 10 inch spacing. Advanced Banding Design. Deere 1890. Quick closing wheel for steep slopes and high speed.

Winter Wheat banding Chemfallow in June. Preparing the TAPPS nutrients with absolute uniformity for an October seeding.

No-Tillage provides extra moisture to produce high yields in a 14-16 inch rainfall.

Deep Walla Walla Soils, No-Till Anhydrous Ammonia as TAPPS, and Snow is critical to get even moisture infiltration with no runoff. Even distribution of snow and rain is the management goal to produce top yields.

May is the critical month…Thunderstorms stack-up on western margin of the 6,000 foot Blue Mountains.

This long daylight, vernal period, May to June, has potential for a tremendous soil loss without the cover of No-till.

That is a uniform field…one of the best hard red winter wheat fields in the area with even germination and excellent color. An amazing 800 acre field with absolute uniform color from the bottom to the top with up to 400 feet of elevation difference.

Coming in for a landing….and a quick take off.

The light spot in field used to be too steep to farm thus the term “eyebrow”. The eyebrow was pushed in leaving a volcanic ash deposit.

Adjusting or eliminating the eyebrow’s position on the slope improves the farming efficiency. Most of the eyebrows are at the Angle of Repose and just not worth the risk of a realignment or the dozer push in technique.

Some of the eyebrows were actually farmed with horses when the combines leveled all the way to 65%.

The Caterpillar D-6 and D-6B tractors at 12,000 lbs. to 15,000 lbs. (60 to 250 hp.) had to back out of the attack on the Angle of Repose. The crawler tractors lost the ability to stay upright and hold the mark.

Horses could do it. Only one Caterpillar was ever leveled to hold the mark for really steep land.


Steve Mader, Pioneer No-till farmer, Proprietor, Tour Guide, Crop Duster. Walla Walla, Washington.

The crop is Dark Northern Spring Wheat. The banding technique is Exactrix Deere 1890 on 12 inch band centers with TAPPS in early March.

The second week of March the field was seeded No-till with the Deere 1890.

Check out that mean eyebrow on the upper left….That is a tricky eyebrow for the operator to edge cut going uphill with a hillside combine. One slip up, one full spin of the drive tires , and the operator will get a ride to the bottom.

The power rear steer axle really helps on the eyebrow edge. The operator has his escape plan all laid out if the traction tire slipping starts on the ashy underfoot.

A 40 foot McDon drapper header mounted on Hillco combine with Case IH colors works well on this close edge margin of the eyebrow.

The super wide header with the leveling Hillco/Case traction package makes the combine safer in the attack of the Angle of Repose.

Great Plains Producers Meeting, Yielder No-tillage Technology
From Exactrix Global Systems.

Dec. 7th Signup,  Please call immediately to confirm your attendance.
Contact Exactrix at 509 535 9925 or E-mail to confirm.

Educational Meeting, Improving Yields at Reduced Costs. Meet at the Colby, Kansas, Comfort Inn, Dec. 7th, 2016. 

Meeting Starts at 9:00 AM with your registration required to reserve your seat.  

Bring your banker, bring your fertilizer dealer, let your best neighbor know there are answers.

The complete seminar charge is $235 per attendee . Group Rates Available. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Meal included, Documents supplied.
Tour winter Canola fields on Dec. 6

Comfort Inn 785-462-3833 for your room reservations
Overnight rooms available, special allowance for group rates.

Seminar Speakers:

9:00 AM
Dr. Bert Bock,
TKI, Nutrient Management Expert. Testing reconfirms that Exactrix TAPPS is as good or better then N-Serve for boosting yield. Bert is a former Scientist with the TVA, Tennessee Valley Authority. Bert was educated at KSU and the University of Nebraska. He has traveled the US as a consultant for improved and advanced use of nutrients.





9:45 AM
Logan McCurry,
Crop Quest, Consultant, VRT expert. Explains two years of VRT application in center pivot production using Exactrix TAPPS and Mustang openers. Logan spends a good portion of his time consulting for Joel McClure a Hugoton, KS. Crop Quest’s Jason Hooper also helps with the technical interpretation of the Yield Maps and design of the zones for McClure.

Logan can report the actual net dollar values for each management zone. Exactrix uniformity of application in TAPPS has reduced N use to .6 to .7 lbs of N per bushel produced.



10:20 AM Break


10:30 AM
Ben McClure,
Kramer Seed Co. Ag Economist. Explains the economics of Exactrix saving hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. TAPPS N stabilization works very well. Ben realized rainstorms of up to 8 inches at several pivot locations on sandy loam soil. Nutrients were applied prior to planting and following banding of TAPPS.

He achieved record breaking yields with 150 lbs. of N as NH3 in TAPPS crystals. One pivot averaged .568 pounds of N per bushel in VRT, Site Specific TAPPS application on 30 inch centers, strip till.



11:15 AM
Guy J Swanson,
Exactrix Global Systems, TAPPKTS plus micros and DCD, Binary Banding at 7.5 inch depth. Improved NPKS efficiency for Mustang openers. Soybeans can now be fertilized. Water Injection and nutrient management for Winter Canola production in 30 inch and 40 inch seed row singulation. Place 5 small but significant bets on Winter Canola and get a consistent quick maturity crop with much better returns than winter wheat or soybeans.



Noon: Lunch


1:15 PM
Mike Stamm,
KSU, Plant Breeder, Winter Canola. Mike is a Winter Canola breeder at KSU and is focused on the Great Plains. His variety Riley is well accepted. He is knowledgeable on the needs of how producers can establish the crop. He has developed strategies for best winter survival.
Mike also is familiar with growth regulators and their development. Kansas State has a Winter Canola priority and does not offer spring Canola. Acreages have increased significantly in the fall seeding of the 2017 crop.




1:45 PM
Brian Caldbeck,
Rubisco, Crop Production Expert in Winter Canola. The Rubisco Winter Canola Seed is breed for high oil content and winter survival with at least 8 varieties available. Some Texas producers are now topping 1,700 acres with Rubisco varieties. Brian consults with winter canola producers all across the Great Plains. He has inspected several fields in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas this fall. Rubisco has a Winter Canola priority and does not offer spring Canola.




2:45 PM
Jim Talbert,
Helena - The Iron Man, Iron Chlorosis of Corn, Milo, Soybean, A discussion of heavy chelated iron for improved yields in soybeans. Copper as a nitrogen stabilizer….Keeping nitrous ammonias and nitro bacteria at bay in the TAPPS band.



3:15 PM Break

3:25 PM
Dr. John Shanahan, Technology Application, ARS, Pioneer Encirca, PG Farms. Small NH3 plants funded by major Nebraska investors and stock holding producers.






4:00 PM
Eric Betschart,
Aqua Spy. Monitoring stored soil moisture in pivot irrigated, SDI, and dryland/Cover Crop.






4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Panel Round Table in 4 groups.
Table 1, Canola, Table 2, Nutrients, Table 3, VRT,Site Specific. Table 4, Stored soil moisture, Water management in
irrigation and dryland.


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Time for Training on Mustang Tool Bars operating at field speeds to 9 mph in No-tillage banding.

Saving millions of dollars over your farming career with Exactrix TAPPS and No-tillage production of commodity crops.

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Watch the Mustangs run strong in heavy residue.

Training Videos are available at

More news about Relay Intercropping at

Nitrogen Stabilization,
Thio-Sul® is as good or better than N-Serve®.

Mustard and Fumigation at WSU, U of I subject web page at

Terminate your Cover Crop Early.


For a good overview of banding deeper go to Center Pivot Corn Production

Need more historical reference of Exactrix Global Systems? Go to

Banding Deeper in No-till without tillage with Rotational Band Loading.

Need more information about STEEP test plots and how Exactrix performs? Go to

See Video  How TAPPS and TAPPKTS Changed a Kansas Farm. A  KSU Ag Economist gives a good review.    

Meeting your formulation needs.  

Picking your metering systems.

Need more information on advanced crop production? Go to


Exactrix P51 Mustangs
 Outstanding Video With Kevin Medow and His P51 Mustangs