Making More Money In No-tillage
And with less risk.
St. John Washington, Jordan Park.
Ross and Greg Jordan.
Harvesting high yielding Chemfallow winter wheat. Making a lot
Exactrix TAPPS, No-tillage System.
Stopping and holding water where it falls means higher yields
Three different times the Jordan family
gave up on the slopes….you can see at least 3 times from the
high mark of the Mules and Percheron horses, D-4, D-5 and D-6
Cats and finally the 400 hp Wheel Tractors.
Today Quad Tracks and 40 foot, Exactrix TAPPS single disc
formulators, Deere 1890 Single Disc Banding
nutrients. Nutrients applied with VRT-site specific with 1% CV
of Application Uniformity directly into the deck….
And 50 foot Deere 1890 Single Disc Seeders into a No-tillage
seed bed result in 140 to 160 bushel per acre yields in big
draws….holding soil and getting the winter moisture to go in
where it falls.
The giant May cloudbursts and the yield enhancing water that
falls find soil born root channels and worm holes to perk the
water into the soil. This is a more natural means to handle
It is a thrill to see the next generation get a grip on the
problem…Ross Jordan….and Greg Jordan know how to get it done
and save soil and make a lot of money.
The moldboard plow and shanks did the
destruction….30 to 50 foot drop offs…dangerous scenarios for
all generations to come.
Some of the Palouse deep soil slope was never farmed….but it
was the plow, tractors and man’s greed that did the soils into
the 50% gravity pull…. and loaded the Palouse River with
Palouse Silt Loam. This is a big problem with fishermen down
slope from the upslope greed.
“Never will the Palouse ever be what it once was.”
On the Arkansas River Flood Plain,
Shallow Irrigation Wells, Highly Productive Sandy Soils.
September 7, 17
Controlling Nematodes on Sandy Soils
Nasty Nemas, Pacific Gold Mustard, Agnema, Soybeans, Corn,
tillage, Timing in May.
Plant Breeders, University of Idaho.
Best way to control soil nematodes.
Mark Ricker finally can raise soybeans on
sandy soils…. Mark is now able to raise soybeans at Lyons, KS
in 2017. Nematodes were the killer.
The Nasty Nemas were also getting into the corn crop at
least 100 bushels per acre.
He found a way after two years of experimentation, how to shut
down the Nematodes of the Arkansas River Flood plain….that is
very sandy soil…it is not dirt….this is sandy soil.
Early March seeded Pacific Gold, University of Idaho mustard
did the trick….worked into the soil about the end of May,
around May 25th if I remember correctly…Mustard was at
beginning bloom when the “little nasty nemas” were on vacation
in the root zone.
Idaho Pacific Gold is very high in glucosinolates and it is
very economical means to work on the little soil floral pests.
Mark had plenty of time as it worked out very well. He planted
the soybeans timely after the last test for Nemas at Richland,
Washington, Agnema is one of the best in the Nation due to the
Mark has has been rewarded for faith and hard work….Nematodes
are most economically controlled with Pacific Gold Mustard.
This is also very good for the environment….this was really
Mark’s last and best choice. Everything else had been tried.
This works….and Mark hung in there to prove the point that he
can raise soybeans on the Arkansas River Sand that he farms
from time to time when the river allows.
Combination of timing, light tillage and Pacific gold mustard
produced a beautiful crop of Soybeans.
Mustang Banding is often used to apply TAPPS and TAPPKTS,
Ferrilene for Iron Chlorosis and micros and the powerful
nutrients can be applied pre-plant right under the seed row.
Cyanide gas basically does the Nematodes in organically across
the field when they are up in the root zone. The Cyanide gas
is dilute enough that it does not hurt the soybeans.
High Glucosinolate, Idaho Pacific Gold Mustard did the trick
just like it is done in Idaho Yukon Gold potatoes are treated
in the PNW. Mustard allows high quality potatoes to be raised.
Mark nailed the little buggers in the spring time. In the PNW
the producers go after Nematodes from July wheat harvest to
late November incorporation.
Congrats to Jack Brown and Jim Davis, University of Idaho
plant breeders for their hard work.
More Information Here About Mustard
Fumigant Mustard Report:
How to Fumigate your
fields with Mustard. CLICK
How to raise Fumigant Mustard seed,
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John Yockey reviews Pacific Gold
Mustard and Soy Beans
Mustard ready for harvest
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In Washington State, The
Longest Term, Ultimate No-till Field and Farm,
The Boe Ranch.
2,000 acres, about 2 miles North to South. The Steepest of the Steep
with 350 to 400 feet of elevation difference top to bottom at 1,472
feet …The Skyrocket Hills on the horizon, 1,875 feet.
The hillside combine can be
out of level (50%) for 30 passes up the hill.
Winter Wheat Farming the Angle of Repose.
Land so steep it must be single disc banded for top yields. The
No-tillage tool saves moisture and holds the soil, allowing the snow
pack to perk into the soil and driving yields much higher to 120
bushel per acre range.
You get all the percentage points when you pay attention to the
details. One of the most significant details is banded Anhydrous
Ammonia goes together with Snow.
The crop production machinery is part of the recipe for success
using modern tools, scientific investigation and trial and error
evaluation (Monte Carlo).
The tool box is extensive, Turbine powered Bi-planes, Ground
sprayers for Roundup and selective herbicides, Uniform Exactrix
TAPPS, a modified Deere 1990 on 12 inch band centers at 42 feet,
Case Quad Trak tractive power, and seeding winter wheat and spring
wheat with single disc 50 foot, 5 section, Deere 1890 at 7.5 inch
seed row spacing with Ag Pro seed meters.
High Yielding Winter and Spring Wheat Country. Lowest Cost Per
April 30, 16, Flying with the best ag pilots in the world over the
top of the deep Walla Walla soils of Washington State.
It takes a special attitude to
farm the Sky Rocket Hills. Where did the soil come from?
The explosive Cascade Volcanoes, Crater Lake or Mt. Mazama to Mt.
Baker and all the 10 Strato-Volcanoes of Oregon and Washington State
developed these soils with the help of the wind.
The deep loess soils are formed up in the Rainbow effect.
The really good soils were deposited on the basalt up slopes of
Snake River at 450 feet above sea level to the forested edge of the
Blue Mountains at 3,450 feet.
The Blue Mountains in the landscape above Walla
Walla, Washington. Walla Walla is one of the most beautiful farm
towns in the United States, so pretty the Indians named it twice.
The Walla Walla Indians picked the name, "Place of Many Waters".
Eyebrows above the eyebrows. These No-tillage fields raise good
winter wheat in the 120 bushel per acre range.
Chemfallow is required, no cover crops are used here. Winter Wheat
is the cover crop that makes money, No-till.
No weeds grow here. The goal is to use all the soil stored moisture
with powerful soil penetrating wheat roots that go much deeper than
corn. Corn can not compete with winter wheat.
The goal is to store moisture uniformly and to store the melted snow
and rain water deep to 10 feet in the soil profile..about 2.5 inches
of water per foot.
The winter wheat roots in this area can send the seminal roots to a
depth of 10 feet.
Washington State University released unique soft white winter wheat
varieties in 1962 that allowed deeper rooting with less top growth,
Less straw and more grain.
The result was a green revolution of Vogel plant breeding at the 3
land grant universities in the region.
A good pattern
and great timing for spraying fungicide. Highest horsepower turbine
powered aircraft has been selected by the pilot and the manager.
Maximum lift can be generated with the Bi-plane wings. The special
wings are required to make quick adjustments in altitude.
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Typical set up for banding with the Deere 1890,
12 inch spacing and 10 inch spacing. Advanced Banding Design. Deere
1890. Quick closing wheel for steep slopes and high speed.
Winter Wheat banding Chemfallow in June. Preparing the TAPPS
nutrients with absolute uniformity for an October seeding.
No-Tillage provides extra moisture to produce high yields in a 14-16
Deep Walla Walla Soils, No-Till Anhydrous Ammonia as TAPPS, and Snow
is critical to get even moisture infiltration with no runoff. Even
distribution of snow and rain is the management goal to produce top
May is the critical month…Thunderstorms stack-up on western margin
of the 6,000 foot Blue Mountains.
This long daylight, vernal period, May to June, has potential for a
tremendous soil loss without the cover of No-till.
That is a uniform field…one of the best hard red
winter wheat fields in the area with even germination and excellent
color. An amazing 800 acre field with absolute uniform color from
the bottom to the top with up to 400 feet of elevation difference.
Coming in for a landing….and a quick take off.
The light spot in field used to be too steep to farm thus the term
“eyebrow”. The eyebrow was pushed in leaving a volcanic ash deposit.
Adjusting or eliminating the eyebrow’s position on the slope
improves the farming efficiency. Most of the eyebrows are at the
Angle of Repose and just not worth the risk of a realignment or the
dozer push in technique.
Some of the eyebrows were actually farmed with horses when the
combines leveled all the way to 65%.
The Caterpillar D-6 and D-6B tractors at 12,000 lbs. to 15,000 lbs.
(60 to 250 hp.) had to back out of the attack on the Angle of
Repose. The crawler tractors lost the ability to stay upright and
hold the mark.
Horses could do it. Only one Caterpillar was ever leveled to hold
the mark for really steep land.
Steve Mader, Pioneer No-till farmer, Proprietor,
Tour Guide, Crop Duster. Walla Walla, Washington.
The crop is Dark Northern Spring Wheat. The banding technique is
Exactrix Deere 1890 on 12 inch band centers with TAPPS in early
The second week of March the field was seeded No-till with the Deere
Check out that mean eyebrow on the upper left….That is a tricky
eyebrow for the operator to edge cut going uphill with a hillside
combine. One slip up, one full spin of the drive tires , and the
operator will get a ride to the bottom.
The power rear steer axle really helps on the eyebrow edge. The
operator has his escape plan all laid out if the traction tire
slipping starts on the ashy underfoot.
A 40 foot McDon drapper header mounted on Hillco combine with Case
IH colors works well on this close edge margin of the eyebrow.
The super wide header with the leveling Hillco/Case traction package
makes the combine safer in the attack of the Angle of Repose.
Your Great Plains Reporter.
Harvest Days, Grand Island, Nebraska.
Exactrix 40 foot, 7x7 tool bar on display.
Sept. 12, 13, 14, 2017.
Get a special introduction of the Positive Down-pressure, TC bar
with lift assist, 40 to 45 feet, with 2KC Series 3 and 2KM TAPPS
Mustang P-51 openers meet or exceed producer expectations at 7 inch
Training on Mustang Tool Bars operating at field speeds to 9 mph in
Saving millions of dollars over your farming career with Exactrix
TAPPS and No-tillage production of commodity crops.
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