Tornados and No-tillage.
Banding Exactrix TAPPS, Kevin and Denton Durler.
Exactrix Series 3 Tool Bar.
Dodge City, North and South about 20 miles, about 7,000 acres dryland.
A New Exactrix
System in Series 3, TAPPS formulator, set up in 2 section boom
control design in dual opener rank.
Dual ranking of the openers improves opener performance allowing the
impact of the terrace to be distributed over more time.
Kevin and Denton Durler at Wright, KS, (Dodge City) rebuilt the DMR
openers with several improvements.
They have designed their tool bar to work on very rough terrace
ground….How rough is it? 1 square mile or 1 section of land about 20
miles south to Dodge has 29 miles of terraces on 640 acres. The
Thus the rear tandems carry a good portion of the load walking over
these extreme terraces, the tandems do not reset the frame height or
move up and down in the corners, the openers move up and down
hydraulically in the corners.
The tandems move hydraulic oil from the left to right side in rough
areas of the field and on road banks and field entry and exit. The
tandems are a very good addition to the two point mounted bar.
The tool bar is designed for Mustang Openers to be Installed at some
The Moore Built tool bar can go either way, and the Orthman carrier
and tires work much better with the load carrying of the swiveling
The Orthman carrier tires were previously overloaded on road margins
and entry into the field.
Previously Kevin had a single Orthman 7 x 7 bar, and the DMR openers
were previously too much load for a single Orthman bar.
This is a good tool bar by Moore Built in 7 x 7 with dual wing
cylinders . The tool bar can be used in many ways in the future, it
can obviously be 2 point or three point mounted to a tractor or an
Elk Creek Tool Carrier in three or two point can be installed.
Longer term goal is to see Mustangs on the bar in 2017 or 2018.
Banding for Milo production May 24, 2016, Crossing
over to winter wheat stubble from 160 bushel average Milo residue.
TAPPS and Exactrix for 7 plus years. Field location is about 10
miles south of Wright, KS.
The first tool was NH3 only. In 2007 the 2KC 9703 system was used on
the first tool bar Kevin put together with Dutch openers. The tool
was converted to TAPPS in 2010. This is Kevin’s 3 rd tool bar.
Crops have been exceptional the last 2 and 3 years, Dryland winter
wheat yields field wide hit 83 bushels per acre last year with 75
lbs. N and 6 gallons APP/ATS. This is about double the county
Milo yields have also been exceptional with TAPPS. As high as 158
bushels per acre field wide. This is about 175% greater than the
county average with about half the nutrient required.
ahead, up and over the top
Getting the job
done at 40 feet, 15 inch bands. DMR openers. The DMR openers band
about 4 inches deep.
The tool has special spacing between the back and front bar to allow
for the DMR on 30/15 and Exactrix Mustang on 15 or 30.
Series 3 Exactrix system at 374 rpm and close to 300 psi injection
pressure, developed high pressure at 313 psi internal pump pressure
and to 269-272 psi injection pressure left and right at 6.1 mph at
120 lbs N per acre.
This calculation indicates about 14 gallons per minute NH3 flow from
a 12 gallon per minute valve.
The Exactrix Laminator was frosty and doing the job, with excellent
performance and sealing at 270 psi injection pressure.
on VRT at some future date. Trimble FMX 1000 handles the guidance.
Deere GS-3 controls the fertilizer products NH3 and APP/ATS.
Ground speed at 6 mph typical. Do not need the
closing wheel in this case.
8 row center section. Hitch supports the engine.
The previous design Orthman Tool Bar in single
rank, 15 inch bands DMR was not strong enough. A cable brace was
The tool bar also folded as a 6 row. The new tool bar was set up as
an 8 row center making it about 24 feet wide in transport.
The Orthman tool bar hinges had been welded several times. The wing
cylinders are buried in the 7 x 7 frame which was not required.
The 2KC Weigh Master had served for 9 seasons, the single central
manifold design was change to two section design.
The Orthman Caddy was salvaged and the cable wing
support was eliminated. The Orthman Cart can carry 1,000 gallons of
About 500 gallons is all that is required when applying 6 gallons
per acre in dryland.
Denton Durler plans to apply to center pivots later this fall. He
will need to set up with twin NH3 tanks.
2KC Series 3 Mass Flow, high pressure Exactrix
metering with the icy Exactrix Laminator, maintains a good liquid
flow to the 3 inch pump inlet, Low pump Rpm at high pressure
injection to 320 psi
Caster Wheels with stabilizers work well. Milo
was seeded on 30 inch centers with a Deere 1890...and made a field
wide average of 158 bushels per acre in 2015. Kevin does not need a
planter for sure.
Smokey, getting into the dirt and double checking
Making crystals of TAPPS
Tornado weather, 24 tornados in Ford and Ness
counties about 18 to 24 fours later after this picture was taken.
Clouds to the south are going to 50,000 feet over Oklahoma.
Tornados are series business, be ready to go to the basement or into
the storm cellar if your house has wheels under it.
That is quite a site after leaving the field
about 8:30 pm, May 24, 16, and only available on the Great Plains.
The Southwest Boeing 737,aluminum construction jets fly around those
big sky muffins going to 50,000 feet.
The powerful clouds are loaded with Hail of all sizes moving at
It takes high humidity (100%) to make Tornados
work, The dew point was 65 to 75 degrees F, thus good crops result
with Tornados typically due to high humidity and rain, with a Gulf
of Mexico flow colliding with the Jet Stream.
This is a Storm Chasers delight as shown on the following evening of
May 24 at Dodge City, Ford County, KS.
Terraces will never be replaced by No-tillage. The
rainfall is too intense. Obviously a review of the surrounding
landscape means the natural development of the land involves ravines
and flood plains.
The Mulberry area is not free of flooding with significant loss of
cattle in 1978 in a 10 inch deluge. The cattle were floated up into
the trees of the Mulberry Gulch in a 10 inch storm.
Kansas is not flat and has very few trees to act as a water shed,
Kansas rolls and has great habitat in the coulees and ravines for
the Plains Buffalo to seek shelter.
Early Kansas pioneers and the US Cavalry learned that there was
absolutely a good chance of flooding and certain death when camping
close to a river or stream on the Great Plains.
News about Fort Collins and Flooding.
News about Fort Hays and flooding.
The army wanted the fort to be used as a supply depot for other
forts in the area and therefore needed it to be located close to the
railroad line. In the spring of 1867 a flood nearly wiped out Fort
Hays killing nine soldiers and civilians.
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