Mid-June is Ridging Time

First pass ridging – 2017

The pace of corn growth accelerates as we approach the middle of June. It’s more of a sprint than a race to complete the task of building ridges in our corn. We started on June 17 with a quick test run to make sure that the cultivator was set up properly.

Ridging wing – rear view.

On June 20 we hit ground running. Two cultivators ridging corn. There was some slow going, at around 3 mph, in corn that wasn’t quite big enough to handle the amount of dirt that flows from the ridging wings. The larger corn let us easily travel at 6 mph. That speed covers a respectable amount of acres in a day.

Close encounter with rain.

The rain caught us.

On the last day of ridging we were pushing hard to beat the rain. I kept one eye on the radar on my iPhone as showers skirted around us on the north and south. The tip of the south rain was within striking distance but managed to slip by at around 8 am. Pushing hard, we finished the field as the rain closed in at 9:20 am. The windshield wipers were running on the trip home but another year of ridging was behind us. Oh, the satisfaction.

Rain on the windshield while traveling home.

 

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Spring planting photos.

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Kuhn-Krause Vertical Till Machine

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Vertical Tillage viewed from the rear window.

sprayer ready

Getting the spray equipment ready.

corn kernel seed in trench

Checking seed placement and soil contact.

planting corn front view

Planting as viewed from the driver’s seat.

planting corn rear view

Rear window view of the planter.

Planting as well as applying fertilizer and insecticide.

Planting as well as applying fertilizer and insecticide.

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Planting corn – rear view from the field.

WCROC Tillage and Technology Field Day

Morris Tillage and Tech Day 11A big thank you to all the U of M staff for putting on a fantastic field day at Morris, MN today! Jodi DeJong-Hughes led this multi-station field day. Five different stations were set up to focus on Tillage and Technology:Morris Tillage and Tech Day 24

  1. New tillage technology
  2. Planter set–up for moderate residue levels
  3. Residue management of corn–soybean rotations
  4. Tillage influence on soil properties
  5. Building soil health with improved soil structure

These sessions were followed by equipment field demonstrations showing chisel plow tillage with various points, vertical tillage and strip tillage.

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for a field day. Upper 60s, slight breeze and partly cloudy. It was a great chance to meet old friends and make new connections as well.

Morris Tillage and Tech Day 08Here’s the U of M’s description of the day:

Crop producers and other agricultural professionals can see the latest in variable depth tillage equipment, watch side–by–side field demonstrations by national and regional manufacturers, and learn how to build soil structure for maximum soil productivity. Other highlights include the following:Morris Tillage and Tech Day 15

  • Discover how strip tillage can fit into your rotation and individual soil situations.
  • Check out proper planter set–up for improved crop emergence and residue management.
  • Discuss how to save time and money while building soil productivity.
  • Visit with equipment reps about their new products and services.