Resistant Weeds: Tillage vs Technology (including WEEDit)

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since '94 Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, kochia in many regions are now resistant to glyphosate and several other herbicide modes of action. This has prompted some no-tillers to revert to tillage, and led some...

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Cross-Slot The Future of No-till?

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since '94 An article this past summer (2017) in Corn & Soybean Digest raises this question, and sets forth the reasons that its inventor, John Baker, claims it is. To a large extent, it regurgitates a propaganda barrage...

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Cover Crops: It’s Not Too Late!!

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since ’94 For most of the readership in North America, it’s not too late to establish cereal rye (or triticale). Cereal rye ahead of soybeans is almost a no-brainer. Except in the driest fringes of soybean country (like...

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Winter wheat: Got enough N for fall growth?

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since '94 For the winter wheat (or cereal rye) you may be about to plant, will it have enough nutrients for what it needs to do this fall? Lack of N and other nutrients will affect winterhardiness, as well as tillering,...

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Depth-adjustment shaft seizing on JD 60/90 drills?

by Matt Hagny These are notorious for dust getting inside, not taking grease, and then seizing up entirely. While the update that Deere did with making a flat spot on one side of the shaft to allow grease to flow along it did help, there are still too many that seize...

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Loss of Nutrients from Cropland

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since '94 Farmers always have drought worries close to top of mind. No-till with abundant mulch certainly blunts the effect of a drought. However, the extra moisture storage with no-till (via increased infiltration, and...

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Aricks Bushing Kits

Keeping the firming & closing arm pivots working properly can be a real hassle on the JD 50/60/90 drills. Even after Deere upgraded them circa ’09 to include seals, they still have a habit of packing full of dirt and not taking grease. But with the Aricks bushing kits...

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Re-route fan return on JD 1910 carts

by Matt Hagny These carts generate lots of unnecessary heat from the fan circuit because the JD setup is silly. Our recent newsletter on our Smallaire Heat Exchangers for JD air drills describes JD battling the heat buildup by converting drills to run Power Beyond for...

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Oil Overheating on Air Drill?

by Matt Hagny Quite a few people have trouble with oil overheating on their air drills (and even if it's not overheating to the extent of shutting down the tractor, high temps break down hydraulic oil faster, and shorten the life of pumps, seals, etc -- you really...

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