Exactrix Technical Advancement in Double Cropping with Mustangs and TAPPS.   

Southwestern Kansas Producers Make Better Margins And Conserve.

In the field June 17, 2015 with Brian Graham of Triple G Partners, Garden City/Deerfield, KS.
Irrigated forage production is in step with a No-tillage treatment of the land using Rotational Band Loading for the second crop.   

A five to seven day timeline to a second crop.

A quick turnaround into the second crop is required.  The green chop Triticale is typically directed to the large dairy farms in the area. 

The sandy soil pivot and wells have low water capability at 400 to 500 gpm on the Ogallala Aquifer. 

The tractor and cart tracks reduce compaction and have good travel speeds at maximum tractor efficiency and horsepower. 

Full conservation of inputs producing better net margins than 300 bushel per acre, irrigated corn. 

Nutrient cost is substantially reduced and improved margins result in a second forage crop using Exactrix Technology.


Basic Specifications:
Total Weight Loaded:
150,000 lbs.
Deere 9630T. 530 hp up to 28 gallons per hour diesel fuel producing about ½ gallon per acre fuel consumption at 8.1 mph.
Tool Bar:
Case 940 at 61.25 feet in 7 section fold and 5 section flex. About 18 feet wide in transport and 15 feet in overall height.  
Rated at 10 mph at depths to 7 inches, swiveling, spring loaded, Exactrix Mustang P-51C, ½ inch thick double edge with 25 inch diameter, 49 total on 15 inch centers.
Exactrix 2KC, Series 3 Weigh Master (50 gpm at .002 repeatability), Exactrix 2KM, Weigh Master,(40 gpm with Bulk Density Readout) Deere GS-3 control, Electronic Gauge, Panel, Blackbird Tachometer, 4 section control.
Track Cart:
Twin, 2,000 gallon CRN, 265 PSI rated, heat treated, Ammonia Tanks, Single 1,600 Poly Tank, Twin 150 gallon Micro Nutrient tanks, 25 inch x 126 inch Camoplast Tracks, Deere Air seeder bolster double reinforced with steel belted radial tires.
A 1959, 9,000 gallon DOT Transport with 3 inch pump, 35 to 45 minutes to fill to 85%, Liquid tanks for filling can be front trailer or truck.
Second Tool:
The Triple G Track Trailer also mates to an Exactrix dual section manifold set up as a Deere 2510 S strip till tool bar, 16 row at 40 feet in about 2.5 hours.

Casey says, “Thumbs Up”.  A very impressive operation. Skill and knowledge with good returns being generated by top notch operators and owners.

Liquid streaming flows with balanced delivery at high pressures assure high 1% CV uniform application of crystalline TAPPS.   

A high temperature reaction which improves the crop root access to soil placed nutrients…utilized by present and future crops. 

An ideal case for using No-till in high pH or calcareous soils and acid soils. 

TAPPS is unique to Exactrix using Mass Meters and high quality delivery systems to assure reliable performance. 

Typically Exactrix Systems apply 200% more crop available P and 166% more crop available N with high pressure liquid streaming flows. 

Exactrix systems apply nutrients at .5 to .7 of the University recommendation. All tested and time proven by scientists and Exactrix owners throughout North America. 

Exactrix is driven by producers desiring more net margin with improved efficiency of nutrients applied. 

Exactrix systems are sold only based on applying more crop available nutrients. Exactrix systems can easily over-apply fertilizer if old fertilizer rates are applied. 

Yields are only improved at Exactrix application rates. Warning do not over-apply nutrients as yields can be reduced.

Superior electronic controls from highest quality sensors and harnesses.  Deere GS-3 controllers have been superior.

Lowest possible soil disturbance results in a high qualtiy seed bed.  The loss of critical soil moisture at seeding is greatly reduced. No-tillage designs bring gigantic returns.

Two Crops.
Green chop Triticale residue is banded and seeded within 5 days. The Sorgham Sudan blend is headed for the September green chop harvest with all the nutrients required to raise a good crop and no nutrients applied with the pivot.

Exactrix TAPPS and Mustang high speed low soil disturbance openers are time proven to produce top results. Banded with a Mustang tool bar to a 6 inch depth at 8.1 mph at 1 acre per minute. The diesel engine is firing 28 gallons per hour with a Deere 9630T. 

Improvements In Drought Stress Tolerance With Exactrix… since all pivots are under stress in August 110 degree heat. 

Tremendous production advantages occur with pivots when bands are 6 inches in depth creating deeper root colonies in more consistient moisture. Deeper bands mean better crops under drought pressure, dryland or irrigated production.   

Deep banding with ½ inch thick x 25 inch diameter Mustang P-51C openers at depths up to 7 inches. If conditions allow the tool bar will band at speeds to 10 mph applying TAPPS and TAPPKTS.

Mustang swiveling single disc banding under the pivot towers where the forage harvester did not go. This machine has good residue clearance in a triple rank. 

The 61.25 foot tool bar with 49 Mustang openers goes through the Triticale without plugging for the full length of the pivot.

 Raising The Second Crop, Sudan and Sorghum blend.

That is Cory…the Chief Agronomist for Triple G, Checking the 60 foot 1890 center frame, seed distribution tower at startup. Cory Weatherred is seeding Sudan and Hybrid Sorghum, June, 18, 2015.  This is one day following the banding treatment with the Exactrix Mustang Tool Bar and Triple G Track Cart. 

No-tillage farming allows a fast turn-around and the pivot will be growing the second crop in about 4 days with seedling emergence.  The second crop is coming back very fast after the June 12, 15 Triticale first crop harvest. 

Fast and uniform emergence is required to utilize all the moisture and the light. The seedbed must be just right. Mustang P-51C openers promote an ideal seedbed as noted. 

The Exactrix TAPPS bands on 15 inch centers at 6 inch depth does not damage the germination due to the uniform high pressure application of NH3, APP/ATS to make TAPPS crystals. 

Old TAPPS bands from the previous crops provide extra boost in No-till with Rotational Band Loading.  Crop production gets better and better with No-till as the old bands provide additional non-mobile nutrients.  

Low cost nutrient application results at about half of normal nutrients required by other types of approaches.   

The Deere 1890 at 60 feet and 10 inch seed row spacing is seeding the pivot in about 2.5 hours with stops to fill. An 8 pound per acre seed rate of Sorghum and Sudan is seeded at 1.5 inch soil depth. 

The Deere RTK guidance system allowed the seed rows to be split to hold the new seed rows between the old seed rows using RTK towers at about 7 miles to 10 miles south of Deerfield, KS and the Arkansas dry river.  

Triple G Partners at Deerfield, KS can expect a powerful productivity punch and improved net margins using Exactrix Technology and their management skills.
A very impressive operation.
Your Great Plains Reporter,
Guy Swanson.

Mustang Tool Bars are most popular in 30 and 40 foot widths. Two point lift assist in a 7 x 7 frame is available as 3015 and 4015 width and bands. 

The Mustang 30 foot machines cover 30 acres per hour at 8.15 mph. The machines are rated to 10 mph. Horsepower and NH3 tank capacity may be limiting.

2KM Weigh Master 2KC, Series 3 Laminator, Weigh Master.

Training Videos are available at www.exactrix.com/EOYT.htm

More news about Relay Intercropping at www.exactrix.com/RI.htm

Mustard and Fumigation at WSU, U of I subject web page at www.exactrix.com/FM.htm

TAPPS and TAPPKTS at www.exactrix.com/TF.htm

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

Need more historical reference of Exactrix Global Systems. Go to www.exactrix.com/EWAC.htm

Banding Deeper in No-till without tillage with Rotational Band Loading. www.exactrix.com/mustang.htm

Need more information about STEEP test plots and how Exactrix performs go www.exactrix.com/mcclure.htm

How TAPPS and TAPPKTS Changed a Kansas Farm. An KSU Ag Economist gives a good review. www.exactrix.com/Ben.htm