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 und

Orthman Sponsored Site near Polk, Nebraska, Polk Countyerway:

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 ………..

 

Late June 2020

We at the Orthman-McNaught Farm have cultivated and added fertility both times to spoon feed this crop so we can reach our goal (fingers crossed).  We cultivated then since this farm is furrow irrigated by Ogallala Aquifer water it was ditched with an Orthman 8375 Cultivator and ridging wings on the sweeps to develop a nice furrow for water to flow.  Our additional nutrients during these operations were combinations of N-K-S-Zn-B and a Boost product (simple carbon product) to kick these plants into high gear.

Cultivating and Adding Nutrient Mix (SureFire Sentinel System to Accurately deliver nutrient mix)

Week of June 22-25, 2020
This year we joined forces with two local high school Vo-Ag programs to offer them opportunities as well as learn some specifics of field testing, agronomics, concepts of advanced fertilization in irrigated corn.  This week they collected from each of the 18 plots – two times since we are dividing the plots at the 450 foot line of 900 foot length plots due to splitting sidedress fertility quantities.  The young people did great and got a good taste of what we do as scientists looking to unlock the nuances of growing corn.

I will report those data sets and graphs of what was observed here shortly as well as write on our Blog page – stay tuned folks.

Last Day of June – It rained and we jumped for joy with an Inch of heavens dew falling.

The soybean trials at the Orthman-McNaugjht Research site. 6/30/2020

August 10th, 2020

It has been a few days since we reported to you all.  Some fierce straight winds rolled through the county and caused “Green Snap” at 60+ mph.  Fortunately it was of short duration but just the same after Pat got his adjuster out to the farm he said it was a 35% loss.  Rats!  The corn has straightened up except for the broken off stalks above the ear location.  This nasty wind was in July.  We will try not to whimper too much but it did set the potential back some.

September 23rd, 2020

Soybeans are being taken out today all over the countryside.  Much of what we hear is very good news of yields bumping 80 to 90 bu/acre.  Our results are below.  We strip tilled these beans around the 19th of April, planted them on the 29th.  These beans were part of a Pioneer seed yield/management trial with North 40 Seed Company right close by in Polk, NE.

The field was divided up into 16 row plots, 2.3 to 2.5 to 2.7 then one 2.8 number hybrid.  The plots were 16 rows wide by 788 ft long, 0.63 acre each.
Hybrid:                  Moisture             Weight/bu                 Yield (bpa)

Pio 23A15X               11.3%                  56lbs                               77.7
Pio25A04X               11.7%                  56lbs                               87.6
Pio27A17X                12.2%                 55lbs                                89.7
Pio27A30X               12.6%                 55lbs                                85.9
SynS27n8X               12.5%                 54lbs                               81.3
Pio28A42X               12.6%                 53.5lbs                           93.5

 

October 12th, 2020     First of the 2020 Seasons Data is in….

Corn at the Vo-Ag plots near Polk, NE

 

Completed the plots where the High Plains students in the Vo-Ag program conduct field research to gain practical agronomic of todays farming world alongside other scientists, industry specialists and teachers.  The data can be found where we report new offerings of Orthman Research on the blog portion of this website.  This year the students compared placement of fertilizer during pre-plant strip tillage operation and the importance of being over the top of the products placed 6.5 to 7 inches below the soil surface….

November 10, 2020

This is a brief summary of one of our numerous research studies we finished with harvest and now put the data together.  AS you peruse across the columns and the written material I am sure you will notice the yields look turned around – No, not so.  After a 60+mph wind (95-100km/hr) the corn was hurt due to Greensnap above the ear.  In the first 192 rows the damage was nearly 35% of the plants, then in the next 36-48 rows going from south to north the wind damage tapered back to 10-15% of the plants.  At the far north the wind damage was less than 5% and the yields were much better.  As the saying goes “It is what it is”, we all in research take the good and the bad.  PLEASE read on through this report for we are still pleased with the results to take a farm sorely depleted of Nitrogen  and Phosphorus to start with from our 2019 soil testing to knock out 250+ bushel corn.

 

 

 

 

 

November 10th                Later in the Day

This [directly below] is a second of numerous studies at the Orthman-McNaught Research Farm.  In the 384 row plots + Checks we divided the length of the plots which were 900ft (270+meters) long in half as you will see in the plot description column.  It was our intention to see how differing the sidedress N amounts would affect yield and if that timing of full or reduced application quantity would effect yield and the economic return.  Again this farm is irrigated by gated pipe down every other furrow.  Reason why we have to cultivate with a ditching set of sweeps to gain flow from top end to bottom.  Our additional 10gpa did work and gives us a ROI of $45.60+/acre in gross dollars. These values are with $3.65/bushel when we harvested.

It is our belief at Orthman that with the Strip Till System and use of cultivators when needed that engaging the 4-R’s of nutrient management really fits.  Because of physiological time constraints with cultivation we added nutrients near the critical time periods and hit the mark to gain the yield improvements.  Stay with us as we talk more about such in future research and on the Precision Tillage blog.

Introducing the 2021 Orthman-South African New Strip Till Maize Research       November 13, 2020

Orthman – South Africa Field Research Efforts
Lead – Brian Niewoudt, Sales Manager for Orthman SA
Agronomist – Michael Petersen

 

For the 2021 crop growing season our efforts are underway.  Our farming cooperator has worked alongside Brian to establish repetitive plots so he can plant maize.  Using the well known Orthman 1tRIPr, Brian has organized with a demonstration 1tRIPr a set of plots placing dry fertilizer blend of local blend called 3-0-1 at differing depths of 250mm – 180mm – 110mm (9.8 inches – 7.1 inches – 4.3 inches).  These are plots 8 rows wide on 76cm spacing (30 inch) are replicated twice along with multiple checks.  Rate will be 120kg/hectare (just under 110lbs/acre) at those depths.

Early spring day in South Africa where the 2021 Maize plots will be established.

We will be checking some plant parameters as the growing season progresses then collect yields when the harvesting equipment goes through the field.  Brian will be providing us on this website pictures so we all can watch the progress.   It is exciting to see the Orthman brand working with South Africa growers to provide the real benefits of the Orthman Strip Till technology.  Brian and the grower are expecting good results as long as the clouds do not dry up and go away.

The image on the left is from the field where the plots are being established.

This kind of field effort is quite new in the area where Brian is working and back in the United States we are eager to see what transpires.  Brian and his grower want to show to others across South Africa how the Strip Till system with dry products can work and aid production as well as be economically vibrant.

Using a gravity feed set of two boxes with the dry fertilizer, the plots went in November 3rd, 2020.

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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

Some Progress to Report:     November 16, 2020

After a discussion with Ryan we have some results and also ideas of where the Stiles Farm is heading with 360-370 acres of fall strip tilling done with the Orthman 1tRIPr for the 2021 season.  In the very heavy clayey soils of the farm, fall tillage has been a proven method to ready their fields. Ryan expressed to us that they are planning on corn, grain sorghum and a smaller percentage of those 360+ acres go into cotton for 2021.  The fertilizer program is in laid down to feed the upcoming crops.  He did share that a portion of the fertility program went on with the strip till tool.

What happened in 2020?  The Stiles Farm had field plots where strip till was compared to more conventional tillage in corn.  This year like so many of you felt and went through was very dry, lots of sunlight and the yields in rainfed agriculture were dinged.  Strip till averaged 75-82bpa (5.1T/ha – 5.5T/ha) and the disk-chisel system which dried out after a damp start and allowed planting two weeks earlier was yielding 90-110bpa (6.1T/ha – 7.4T/ha). With a season like so many had in 2020, that planting date made a difference in so many row crops.   Ryan is not deterred, his actions and motivation is to go forward with a head of steam in 2021.

Another trial Ryan is working into the farms operation is interjecting cover crops with the strip till system.  The Stiles Farm also has a cow-calf operation and grazing of cover crops provides a great feed resource for them.  Ryan is going ahead with some cover mixes to be grazed and then south of US-79 on that part of the farm strip till and grow corn.  Yes that all is dependent upon winter and early spring moisture.  Ryan said for the Texas grower in this part of the country, “stop by and visit with us at Stiles and we be open to sharing what is up for 2021.”

We will keep you informed of what Ryan and Texas A&M is accomplishing.  With Ryan getting the old four row-40 inch 1tRIPr updated to a 6row-40 inch in late winter of 2019-20 and some adaptations to the toolbar for liquid fertility finished  he continues to go for more strip tillage acres and demonstrate to growers the ability of Strip Till technology to be viable in South Central Texas.

Contact Ryan Collett at the Stiles Farm  512.898.2214  or Orthman’s Territory Tech and Sales Manager – 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:

August 11-12, 2020  AgroLiquid is continuing to plan the summer AgExpo.  Orthman Mfg  will be there to demonstrate and provide explanation and briefing of the plots that we have jointly been running through this year with AgroLiquid.  COME AND SEE.

August 15, 2020

With the sneaky, nasty COVID-19 issues the good folks at AgroLiquid requested that we go virtual this year.  So the week of August 5th our Marketing Team and I (Mike Petersen) taped a couple videos of what our 1tRIPr does and about the plots that we joined hands with the AgroLiquid folks so they could use these videos for the week of 8/11/2020.  They were used on their website.

November 24, 2020

Results are in from St. Johns, Michigan via report from Tim Duckert

Our cooperators in precision placement of liquid nutrient solutions in the central part of Michigan have reported in with their results of what transpired in the plots.  Tim Duckert, Research Agronomist with AgroLiquid compiled his data and it is right below.

This study was a side-by-side comparison for educational purposes that would have been displayed and talked about during the August AgroExpo that the AgroLiquid group puts on for the public.  With the 2020 Covid-19 issues the AgroLiquid organization held virtual events and presentations.

Plot 101 is a strip till operation the nutrient package described in the notes section to your left sprayed on and the 1tRIPr’s wavy coulters mix it in.

Plot 102 is the 6rows where the starter package is applied via the Precision Planting company’s Furrow Jet device.

Plots 103 & 104 is the 6 rows where the starter is 50% applied at the 5 inch depth with the 1tRIPr and the other 50% applied with the planter.

Plot 105 is a control plot where no starter is applied but there is an application of the Y-drop unit applying the 60 gpa of 28% and eNhanced N product and their sulfur product.

If you have questions or comments I, Mike Petersen would enjoy visiting with you over the results and activities we jointly accomplish with the good folks up north in Central Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

   READ BELOW THE 2020 RESULTS FROM THREE OF THE FIVE SITES THAT THE CVA ADVANCED CROPPING SYSTEMS TEAM CARRIED OUT…..

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:

May 4 – 8, 2020 the CVA crew finished planting crops at all 5 sites.  More to come…

August 18th, 2020

At the CVA plots this week with Tim Mundorf- Agronomist, and Mick Goedeken, Technical Research Agronomist, both men of CVA; we shot three short videos to discuss some topics such as Strip Tillage and Fertilizer Placement (4R’s), Soil Health and Soil structure concerns for topics and what was happening with dates of CVA training events that were going virtual due to the Covid-19 constraints.  If you are so inclined to watch the links, see they  are below.  They are 5 minutes and less.

https://www.cvacoop.com/Blog/August-2020/Strip-Till-and-Nutrient-Placement

 

https://www.cvacoop.com/Blog/August-2020/Soil-Structure-and-Formation

 

Above are the links to the Agronomy focus videos.

November 12, 2020

We have been informed that the plots at the Polk County, Nebraska plots where strip till done by an Orthman 1tRIPr and a small framed dry fertilizer apparatus by Montag was used.  Thanks to Montag Mfg. for the use of this unit.  As soon as CVA collates the data they said they would share and we have it here for your perusal.

2020 Yield Results from three of the CVA sites.  We are not changing anything here but the news we have is that yields were very respectable and the CVA research program is pleased with the results.  Look below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The studies that CVA with Mick Goedeken, Innovation  Agronomist accomplished this year was with a 4row 1tRIPr that is pictured above as he was working this spring at the research site east of Polk, Nebraska.

At the soil-root dig we did this summer a couple of weeks after pollination we observed roots extending down to 56 inches in the strip till plots.  The take-home message from that was from Mick saying that, “The varieties we used in these studies varied but we liked that roots exploring so much of the soil profile down to that depth (56″) under the strip till system.” With deeper roots he told us he was sure that is why the plot #405 was tapping the 300 bushel mark was because the root system at the Polk site.

 

All intentions are that Orthman and CVA will join forces in a cooperative effort in 2021 to continue Strip Till research with an approach to precision place nutrients with the 1tRIPr.  Plans are to have a field event which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 concerns this year but be back on the schedule for mid-summer in 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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