Small Changes Can Bring Big Gains
Becoming more efficient often starts with thorough analysis and a willingness to make changes — whether that means breaking through the status quo and shattering long-held assumptions or fine-tuning the little things. It’s also not just about the performance of a single piece of equipment. Every phase of crop production is an interrelated system.
In High-Efficiency Farming, that could mean simply tweaking the angle of your final tillage pass ahead of planting or revamping residue management at harvest to extract more value. For example, along with adding organic matter and improving soil tilth, crop residue returns vital nutrients — to the tune of 12 pounds of nitrogen, nine pounds of potash and four pounds of phosphate per ton of soybean stubble, according to University of Arkansas researchers.