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