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No-tillers: Do You Want Your Combine to Cut or Chop the Stalks/Stubble?

by Matt Hagny, consulting agronomist for no-till systems since ‘94.

Since many farmers in the US & Canada are contemplating equipment trades or purchases at this time of year, I’d like to weigh in with a few thoughts on harvesting equipment.

Chopping corn heads have become very popular lately. The idea is to cut and shred more of the corn stalk—but this is mostly a concept for tillage (or for seeding with shank openers or other designs that lack good residue flow). The more the stalk is pulverized, the faster… continue reading here: harvest-equipment-seed-beds

Chris Horton

Chris Horton brings 25 years of management with him. He grew up on his grandparents farm in Reno County Kansas where they mainly grew wheat and cattle feed. He worked on feed lots as a pen rider and cow-calf operations before moving to Southern California where Chris started a new career in the transportation and transport logistics, eventually managing the western region for a large commercial vehicle leasing company. Chris moved home to Kansas, to manage a local Farmers Coop and then eventually the service dept for a tractor dealership. The opportunity to join the Exapta team came up, and he knew he wanted to be a part of this team.

Bob Pagel

Sales & Service Representative

Prior to joining Exapta, Bob Pagel was an Agricultural Territory Sales Manager for Ritchie Brothers, serving parts of MN, WI and IA. He continues to support his family farm in SE Minnesota.

Jon Zeller

Current Product Engineer

Jonathan Zeller joined Exapta excited to return to working with no-till planting equipment. He supported research of no-till planting and other ag related projects for 7 years with Kansas State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department after getting his engineering degree. He later worked 3 years for Landoll Company, LLC. where he gained experience in a design engineering role. Jonathan grew up on a small family farm in NE Kansas working with row crops, hay and cattle. Jonathan enjoys solving engineering problems and improving or creating products to be robust and easy to install and service.