U.S.A. Research

12 row 1tRIPr with SureFire Liqui-Shift System to deliver liquid products

EIGHT ACTIVE SITES AS OF MAY 5, 2020

Orthman Research Site – McNaught Family Farm, Polk, NE

 

We at Orthman have 3 major sites where on going detailed field research efforts underway:

Orthman Sponsored Site near Polk, Nebraska, Polk County

At this site we are demonstrating 30 inch row 1tRIPr technology with fertilizer placement in continuous corn
1. Accuracy of Fertilizer placement, below the seed in a designated ‘sweet’ spot at 6.5 inches
2. Importance of planting precisely and merits of reduced pre-plant and reduced sidedress with full rate best management fertility.
3. We are carrying out a 3X replicated study of placement of nutrients below the seed then when we plant to move off-center 4 and 8 inches to determine the yield differences. This will be duplicated in corn, 24 row plots.
4. We will be doing a split application of starter placement, pre-plant, at planting and then subsequent applications of nutrients throughout the season. These plots are randomized, replicated 4X – 900 ft in length and controls, 50ft long 12 row plots – all irrigated by gated pipe or flex pipe.
5. The soybean studies will be in conjunction with AKRS Equipment to use a 8 row planter. We will carry out a population study of lowering the plant population with Soybeans to exhibit the benefits of how strip till can accentuate plant growth when more sunlight and air at lower plant density between plants.  Eastern Nebraska farmers are asking for this kind of a study in Strip Till.
6. We will have a joint Strip Till Pioneer corn  and soybean varieties plots with North 40 Seeds in Polk (Dennis Stevens & Nick Hatfield).
7. The fertilizer segment of this entire program (corn and soybeans) is with Nutrien products.

For more information regarding details of studies, dates for field events, directions and viewings, please contact:  Pat McNaught, Territory Sales Rep or Justin Troudt, VP of Sales, Marketing and Agronomy or Mike Petersen Lead Agronomist

 

 

 

 

Spring Time at the Orthman Research Farm on the McNaught family farm:

The week of April 27-30 The Orthman crew joined hands with AKRS John Deere, SureFire Ag, Nutrien, North 40 Seeds to plant the 30 Plots we organized to compare pre-plant fertilization with a 4 way combination of Ortho phosphate and Polyphosphate-Ortho combination with Zinc, Boron, Radiate and a product called Boost to really feed microbes and fungi in the beginning.  The Sentinal SureFire System was incredibly accurate and trustworthy to apply these starter mixes, made life of the planting man A-Ok!  These are randomized 4X to complicate Pat McNaughts life he says. Maybe so!  We also planted a Pioneer corn variety trial and a Pioneer soybean trial.  We also have a  corn trial of looking at the importance of planting directly above the pre-plant 1tRIPr placed nutrient band right at the edge of Polk, NE where a super cooperative grower sets aside 11 acres for the High Plains Vo-Ag students to monitor and be engaged into research.  These were triplicated plots, 24 rows each of one hybrid.  These are corn-on-corn plots for 2020.

 

Planting plots for a valuable Starter Fertilizer Study – Pat McNaught at the wheel

 

May 11, 2020  The first seeds planted are poking through the ground and one can row them as of yesterday on the McNaught Farm.  One could say we are “off and running”.  The image below is from the field that the 2020 crop is a reality so to speak because it has emerged.


More to come coming in the days and weeks ahead ………..

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Ohio State University- Columbus, Ohio

Now into the fifth year of cooperative efforts with the OSU Ag and Bioengineering team under the leadership of Dr. John Fulton; Orthman Mfg. is working together to study and educate the Ohio growers recent advances in Strip Till technology for row crop farming.  Ohio State University – Molly Caren Research Farm, Nate Douridas farm manager  

Ohio State Univ – Studying row-by-row compaction, fertilizer placement, Planter ride with Strip Till vs No-Till vs Conventional Till

Dr. John Fulton is heading up the OSU Ag Bioengineering departments efforts to study density of soils, planter ride characteristics, downforce on planters with the strip till approach vs the No-Till approach for part of their efforts.  They are looking at the efficiency of phosphorus and potassium dry fertility placement programs with strip tillage compared to surface broadcast in response to the Lake Erie concerns and getting to the message of deep placement as a best management practice across the state.

 

The University has developed an outreach program through their eFields Reports (Digital Ag Program) that are printed every year in late December and January.  They are determined to bring the best science and technology to the Ohio State farm system that Cooperative Extension Service has around the state.  Orthman and Salford teamed up with OSU to provide state-of-the-art equipment, accuracy of dry nutrients, best conservation tillage management with a great outreach program.

In conjunction with the H2O Ohio State funded program to aid growers across the northern region of Ohio to lower the phosphate contributions to Lake Erie, OSU will be putting research efforts with how growers utilize Strip-Til and in-soil placement of fertility.  Stay Tuned!!

The scientists have used the 1tRIPr in the spring prior to planting and also early fall operations to demonstrate as well as figure out which approach works well in the Ohio environment.  People to contact at OSU: Dr. John Fulton or Nate Douridas-Farm Manager at Molly Caren site, near London, OH.

 

 

Stay Tuned to on-going developments with Ohio State University.

 

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Stiles Farm Foundation – Texas A&M      Williamson County, Texas

Going into the 12th season [starting back in 2008] of working cooperatively with the staff and leadership at the 501.3(c) farm near Thrall, Texas; we are seeing under the direction of Ryan Collett farm manager work to accomplish efforts in demonstrating Strip Till in the Brazos River area where full width tillage is the primary method to raise row crops such as corn, cotton and grain sorghum.  The work that is in play for the 2020 season with the Orthman 6row 1tRIPr is incorporating fertilizer placement of N-P-K prior to planting, and also after a small grain crop (wheat) then planting sesame in 30 inch rows for crop alternatives.

Location of the Stiles Farm and Orthman sponsored

Strip Till offers advantages to the Texas farmer in the way of fuel savings, water erosion protection with spring and summer high intensity rainfall events, placement of nutrients, fertilizer efficiency, reduction of water erosion and fertilizer losses, alleviating soil compaction in the high clay content soils and helping water intake.

Each early summer the Stiles Farm puts together a great informational day showing what is happening with on-going research from Texas A&M and other efforts like ours right on the farm

Contact Ryan Collett at the Stiles Farm  512.898.2214  or Orthman’s Territory Tech and Sales Representative – Justin Cross 806.500.0847  they will be glad to visit and assist with your questions.

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned to on-going developments, events at the Stiles Foundation Farm.

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Agro-Liquid Fertilizers) – St. Johns, MI

 

Spring Strip Tilling this year-2020 and placing nutrients at AgroLiquid farm near St.Johns, MI

Dr. Jerrry Wilhm and Tim Duckert are the two scientists we work with at the 1000 acre facility NW of St. Johns. AgroLiquid owns this machine since 2009 or 2010.  They are studying at splitting applications of starter products (their premier line) with the Orthman 6row 1tRIPr and part of their AgroLiquid pre-plant mix.  Both Orthman and AgroLiquid will be looking to determine how much improvement in yield can be obtained along with efficiency of nutrients as well as crop health as they split products in the strip and following up with precision placing nutrients with their plot planter.  They will be using 1 corn variety in this back-to-back corn study.  These plots are right in the vicinity of the main flow of traffic of participants during the AgroExpo that occurs during mid-August 2020.

The AgExpo is a two day educational event to expose a myriad of research efforts done by the staff and scientists on the near 1000 acre AgroLiquid set of farms north and west of St. John, MI.  They are offering outdoor learning classroom and  field studies to Michigan V0-Ag departments and students.

 

Contact Burt Henry: office: 989.227.3887  He is the Industrial and Relations Leader with AgroLiquid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Tuned to new on-going developments at the St. Johns, MI site:

 

 

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Cooperative Efforts with Central Valley Cooperative in 5 locations (Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa)

   

Orthman 4row research designated 1tRIPr with new Montag smaller poly tank precision dry tank system. Plots being done this spring at Polk, NE.

   

In a cooperative atmosphere, Orthman and Pat McNaught and Mike Petersen with CVA Coop are going to carry out some field research at 5 sites; Cuba, KS, Polk, NE, Western Iowa, and Norfolk, NE plus an organic farm comparison of using pelletized chicken manure versus  broadcast at Marquette, NE. We will be co-studying placement of P&K&S nutrients (dry products using what is commonly called 40Rock).   Mick Goedeken, Lead Field Research Agronomist plans to compare this 12-40-0-18 dry fertilizer with broadcast operations of MAP or 11-52-0 + dry urea on No-Till.  The dry products will be placed at 6.5 inches below the soil surface.  This is the first year of carrying out research efforts with this Cooperative.  We look forward to seeing and reporting what data is captured and how the products compare which they offer at their facilities across the 3 states.

Montag is offering of a dry distribution dual poly tank system, hydraulic drive and metering which mounts and dismounts on the 4row 1tRIPr demo unit Pat has to showcase the Strip-Till system with their new smaller dry system.

 

CVA is planning on 1 field day in late summer per site which we are asked to be part of those events

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Tuned for follow-ups with CVA field efforts and data right here:
The week of May 4 – 8, 2020 the CVA crew finished planting crops at all 5 sites.  More to come…

 

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Colorado State University and USDA- Agricultural Research Service – AEC-ARDEC Farms near Fort Collins, CO

 

Comparison tillage trials with moldboard system and Strip-Till at Stroh Farm (Courtesy: Colorado State Univ.)

At the multiple research farms north of Ft. Collins, Colorado are the Stroh and Bee Farms where on-going strip till research with a 6row 1tRIPr tool is being carried out by several research scientists and technicians.  Not only in the past but present day,  tillage system technology with Strip-Till compared to the plow-disk system, other research is looking at nutrient placement for yield enhancement on furrow irrigated fields as well as overhead sprinkler irrigation.  Activities to observe water efficiency, water savings (up to 2 fewer irrigation passes) with ditch water and row-to-row irrigation, using less fertilizer, nitrogen reduction, residue management for wind and water erosion protection, and nutrient product selections.  These studies are carried out in corn on corn, corn following small grain or sugar beets and or dry edible beans.

CSU teamed alongside ARS have designated field events for the public during specific times during the growing season at the Stroh Farm headquarters north of Ft. Collins just off I-25 and south of Wellington, CO.  Studies have been going on the farm since 2004-2006.  The unit is owned by USDA-ARS.

A contact is Erik Wardle, CSU scientist   email:  Erik.Wardle@colostate.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Tuned for follow-ups with CSU and ARS field efforts and data right here:

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTIC COASTAL REGION — North Carolina State University
Beaufort County

 

At the Northeastern Carolina Experimental Research Center in Beaufort County, NCSU Exension is diving into field efforts to study in
corn and soybean production using strip tillage as a comparison of both fertility placement and compaction alleviation.  This station
is very close to Pamlico Bay that drains into the Atlantic Ocean.  Their plots consists of: Plot 1 – banding N under corn at various rates
at planting, to determine if this is more efficient than broadcasting.

Plot 2 and 3 – banding N under corn and beans at various depths to determine the best precise banding depths and also looking at
deep tillage with the 1tRIPr for compaction alleviation.

   Rod Gurganus – NCSU Researcher is our contact

NCSU Research Farm – Northeastern Station

 

 

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University of Minnesota

 

May 2020 1tRIPr strips being made in Clover cover crop

Southern Research Center for UMN

In 2020 Orthman has teamed up to cooperate with the Universities 4 row 1tRIPr to conduct research on how well strip till works into live clover cover crops.  On the left is an image from May 12th, 2020 field activities into the rapidly growing clover cover crop.

Studies will include growing corn to see how the cover crop can offer benefits to growth, soil health and potential yield.  Scientists are studying the planting efficacy or lack of with corn.  They are looking at how a clover cover can be a sustainable “partner” crop as the corn grows.  They will be checking soil microbial life, gases exchange and soil organic matter accumulation.  The studies include what addition of N will be provided to the growing corn crop within this strip till environment.

This study is at the U. of Minnesota Ag Experiment Station farm south of the Twin Cities, our contact is Jonathan Alexander, graduate student.   Doug Peterson is the Orthman Territory Manager of the Minnesota-Iowa-Western Wisconsin -Nebraska region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow along for updates with the Corn-into-Cover Crop project:

 

 

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