If it seems to you advanced ag technology is invading farm fields across America, you should see Silicon Valley. Investors have poured more than $10 billion into agtech inventions since 2014, according to AgFunder, an online marketplace tracking the sector.
One thing that has become increasingly clear to many investors: farmers are key to the process.
Strip-till and no-till can offer benefits; find out if they’re right for your farm
Ten years ago, north-central Iowa farmer Dave Gerber did what few dare—he switched all of his 1,100 acres from conventional tillage to strip-till in just one season. He now spends 60% less on diesel fuel, 20% less on fertilizer and estimates 60% slower depreciation on his equipment.
You’re always pushing for better yields, and all the pieces finally fell together in 2016. Record or near-record yields across the country not only topped off grain bins but also depleted soil nutrients. As you plan for your 2017 crop, it’s important to replenish soil nutrients so yield isn’t held back from reaching its potential.
Study finds a single horizontal tillage pass significantly reduced water infiltration
Among the reasons healthy soil produces higher yielding crops is that healthy soil can take in and store more water. One way to create healthier soil is to refrain from tillage. That’s not exactly news.
But how much will you reduce the infiltration rate if you run a tillage tool through well-structured soil just one time? And how much will a cover crop improve infiltration if soil already has a healthy crumb-like structure?
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