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Another Great Technical Advancement on the XIT circa
biggest success story in real estate, The XIT, story included.
Cover Cropping with
Mustang Banding at 7 to 8 inch depth.
Improving net returns from
$150 to $250 per acre on sandy soils of Hartley and Channing,
The Cover Story, The last
man standing in low cost crop production using TAPPKTS plus Zn, Mn
Taking top returns on
tighter soils of Dumas, Texas
The Low Cost Producer, One
of the greatest technical achievements by Andy and Cody Cover on the
Preventing loss of N2O
nitrous oxide into the atmosphere using No-till and cover cropping.
Storing CO2 deep in the
soil with Cover Cropping.
The most advanced method
yet to reduce Methane CH4 by sis to ten times.
Manure is no longer
applied as cover cropping Exactrix TAPPKTS with 1% CV high pressure
application takes over.
Cover Story. Your Great Plains Reporter on the XIT. Guy
From Southwest Kansas to the 3 million acres of the XIT of the
Producers must stop the solution 32-0-0 with the pivot to make top
Lowest cost per bushel
produced in the Level 300 bushels per acre range
Top yields are
accomplished with Exactrix TAPPKTS Zn, Mn.
Deleting dairy manure
and 32-0-0 pivot applied.
Solution 32-0-0 and dairy manure does hide the corn yield potential
with a color mask.
A follow up at
Dalhart, Texas reveals changes in 2018, as well as 2020.
Manganese and Boron Deficiency on the XIT with Andy Cover of Cover
What we know
today and how we plan to solve with VRT-Site Specific.
Managing the XIT soils
today for better crops
Moving to Exactrix
TAPPS reveals real problems that manure and 32-0-0 were hiding.
The Drone View
highly variable corn height and color in pockets.
about 25% of the pivot is deficient in micronutrients Manganese and
The yield reduction is considerable with
the plants showing the stripping of leaves,
Pioneer 1197 corn plant is about 20% to 25% shorter in deficient
areas and elevations.
Andy Cover of Dalhart/Hartley and just 3 miles north of the XIT
Channing General Office, Never knew about this problem since they
were applying 300 lbs. of N with the irrigation pivot using 32-0-0
which is a salvage nitrogen and not primary nitrogen.
The dairies have lots of manure for sale. Andy applied 1.2
million dollars of manure over the last 5 years at 20 to 50 tons per
The Manganese and Boron problem was under the cover of a nitrogen
or low CEC,
a lower elevation bowl and
are for sure signs of Iron Chlorosis or a metal problem.
The areas of short stature and stripping are
to be blowout from the Dust Bowl.
The manure cannot supply the micro nutrients timely.
Andy will pull some old yield maps to determine the trend in yield
in these deficient pockets.
the crop with Manganese brought peace of mind only,
potential was lost.
deficiency cause the stripping of the corn leaves, Zinc, Copper,
Iron, and Manganese.
What about Boron?
deficiency is shown by white freckles on the leaf surface and in
the stripping area.
More advanced Boron deficiency will show up as white stripping in
the vein areas. Also the whorls may not unfurl in a predictable
The problem is which metal is causing the short plant and
stripping in the leaf new growth.
The soil sample may not show up as being significant problem but
the tissue sample will unravel the mystery of which metal is
causing the problem. In this case it was determined to be
a top notch production area
and capable of 300 bushel per acre corn.
Variable Rate – Site Specific will take yields higher.
A soil elevation depression is also shown in this photo, thus the
Farm is part of the Dust Bowl transformation of the land during the
Tillage created many problems and
never a solution long or short term under difficult economics.
the symptoms expressed?
What were the tools used to solve the problem?
Did CPS help find the solution without the tissue samples?
Click Here for the Progression of Discovery.
Soil Samples and growing plant tissue samples say it is true. Zinc
and other nutrients are fine to excellent. Manganese and Boron were
pinpointed. Previous solution 32-0-0 applications masked the visual
nutrient problems and correct micronutrient in need.
Exactrix Mustang Tool bar will be set up 3 products
to manage the deficient soil.
millions of dollars over a farming career.
Injection of Manganese and Boron to supplement the plant with
Tool bars set up with 3 product delivery.
need more information on how to manage Manganese and Boron
Deficiency. Click here.
If you would like to identify the deficiency in your fields.
Manganese Go to
Boron Go to.
The Little B in Canola.
two ways to solve for Site Specific application of Micro Nutrients
and Biological materials. Manganese and Boron can be managed
2KR Blender is used to interject flow into the 2nd product 2KP or
A 2KP Third product system is added with injection at 3rd product
TIO using looking glass manifolds and high pressure lines.
Glass Manifolds improve third product injection when materials are
not compatible with Poly Phosphate.
The 3rd product injection is utilized with Mustang Openers.
Exactrix TAPPS and TAPPKTS with third product micro-nutrient
management will raise yields and lowers costs.
Rate Site Specific applications drive nutrient costs 7% to 8% of
the gross income.
can achieve NUE of .585 lbs. N per bushel produced as per Ben
McClure of Hugoton, KS.
A big deal in Texas
Bob Cates at Channing, Texas, HQ of the XIT.
After 1.5 hours he became a good friend in a private tour with his
keys in hand .
He is biggest and best supporter on the XIT explains the history of
the largest cattle ranch in the USA.
3 million acre XIT had 6,000 miles of fence.
The XIT perimeter is now inclusive of a “Billions of Dollars” of
real estate and the strongest agricultural economy in the world.
From the Buffalo Springs section on the Oklahoma border to Lubbock
Texas, the Yellow House section the stretch of real estate was 2
counties wide and reserved for the Pioneers when the state
government in Austin got a better idea.
Here is the timeline and the focus.
The governor said, “We need 2 million dollars quick to build the new
state capital in Austin”. The Chicago based, Farwell Brothers went
for the deal in about the 1878 stretch and by 1885 they were in the
cattle business. The railroads were coming to the Panhandle of Texas
which had been an Independent state since 1836. Colorado became a
state in 1876 and George Armstrong Custer died in Montana territory
fighting Indians in June of 1876.
The operations of XIT father land include:
Livestock confined feeding of hogs, cattle, dairy, slaughter and
meat packing, cheese factories of large scale.
Ogallala irrigated grain production, Cotton, Alfalfa, Soybean.
Biological power, New developments in Canola crushing, Canola
crush feeding, Bio-diesel, Ethanol and byproducts of Distillers
and Gas, Petroleum refining.
Windmills of extreme population.
Irrigation technical developments, SDI, Center Pivot, deep soil
water monitoring equipment.
Transcontinental railroads, BNSF, UP.
Petroleum Refining, Ammonia Plants.
Ammonia, Gas and Oil Interstate pipelines. Interstate 40
transportation of goods east and west and Texas funded 4 lane
highways north to south.
The XIT is so significant to Texas history that it will never be
fully understood the contribution it made to the economy of the
Every story told is true and every record kept at XIT General
Office confirm the roots of Texas lie in this Victorian General
Office building. The archives now belong to the commissioners of
Hartley County Texas.
say in Washington State and Texas. “You can only be guilty of
thinking too small” RA Hanson.
- The XIT, Three Million Acres. 150,000 Longhorns,
6,000 miles of fence, 2 million acres in Montana, Built the
largest state capital in the USA.
- British Investors (2 million dollars) were paid back
- Cattle Trail to Montana went through 7 states from
Easter to mid-July.
- From Dalhart, Texas here is the report.
|Inside the XIT, General Office, rests this
map taking up the entire wall.
of the XIT.
Ownership of guns was not allowed.
Only XIT horses were on the ranch. There was no personal ownership
of a horse.
No Card playing.
Families were encouraged.
A good place for an expanding your moral strength and character.
like they were ahead of their time when it came to focus of effort
on the XIT. The largest cattle ranch in the world in the 1880’s.
Cattle rustlers and wolves reduced profits to zero when the cattle
Primarily the railroads sent the cattle to market early creating the
collapse and the access to the herd.
Bob Cates, the host of XIT HQ at Channing, Texas, and a great 1.5
hours together at headquarters.
Your Great Plains Reporter.
Guy J Swanson
One More Thing.
“ Producers in the PNW raising
high yielding winter and spring wheat are also masking the
micronutrient needs by elevating nitrogen to 2 and 3 times above
what is actually needed. When uniformity of applications at 1%CV
are implemented and TAPPS vermiculated nutrients are banded deep
it is apparent that Nitrogen is way over applied and especially
when root pattern geometry is perfected to the opener design.
“Two pass systems with seed row
index over the top of the TAPPS band brings even higher levels of
efficiency and much lower rates of applied N.”
“The mystery of over
application of Nitrogen continues across North America.
From Culiacan, Mexico to the Peace River of Northern Alberta to
Lake Erie. Nitrogen and Phosphate is over
applied 2 to 3 times over the need as compared to Exactrix
TAPPS application with geometric access.”
Economic performance with
Exactrix VRT-Site Specific is a power play at 1%CV…no other
approach can come close.