Making More Money In No-tillage Farming.
And with less risk.  

St. John Washington, Jordan Park.
Ross and Greg Jordan.

August, 2016
Harvesting high yielding Chemfallow winter wheat. Making a lot of money.
Exactrix TAPPS, No-tillage System.
Stopping and holding water where it falls means higher yields without tillage.

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 the weather.

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.”


Lyons, KS
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 potato rotation.

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.

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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 Bushel Produced.

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 inch rainfall.

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 yields.

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 March.

The second week of March the field was seeded No-till with the Deere 1890.

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.


Husker 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 formulators.
Mustang P-51 openers meet or exceed producer expectations at 7 inch banding depths.

Time for Training on Mustang Tool Bars operating at field speeds to 9 mph in No-tillage banding.

Saving millions of dollars over your farming career with Exactrix TAPPS and No-tillage production of commodity crops.

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Watch the Mustangs run strong in heavy residue.

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Nitrogen Stabilization,
Thio-Sul® is as good or better than N-Serve®.

Mustard and Fumigation at WSU, U of I subject web page at

Terminate your Cover Crop Early.


For a good overview of banding deeper go to Center Pivot Corn Production

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Banding Deeper in No-till without tillage with Rotational Band Loading.

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See Video  How TAPPS and TAPPKTS Changed a Kansas Farm. A  KSU Ag Economist gives a good review.    

Meeting your formulation needs.  

Picking your metering systems.

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 Outstanding Video With Kevin Medow and His P51 Mustangs