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
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
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
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
The second week of March the field was seeded No-till with the Deere
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.
COMING UP, DON'T MISS THIS
Great Plains Producers Meeting, Yielder No-tillage Technology
From Exactrix Global Systems.
Dec. 7th Signup, Please call immediately to
confirm your attendance.
509 535 9925
email@example.com 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
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
785-462-3833 for your room reservations
Overnight rooms available, special allowance for group rates.
Dr. Bert Bock,
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
Dr. John Shanahan,
Technology Application, ARS, Pioneer Encirca, PG Farms. Small NH3
plants funded by major Nebraska investors and stock holding
Spy. Monitoring stored soil moisture in pivot irrigated, SDI, and
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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Training on Mustang Tool Bars operating at field speeds to 9 mph in
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.
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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.
TAPPS and TAPPKTS at
For a good overview of banding deeper go to
Center Pivot Corn Production
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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.
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