A foundation to higher yields is uniform soil density. Achieving even shatter between shanks sets the stage for a smooth-running planter pass, even emergence, and successful season.
At the 2011 Corn College in Illinois Ken Ferrie is taking farmers to the field to show them how depth plays a role in properly setting tillage. A 7-shank in-line ripper and a hybrid coulter chisel were run too shallow and accurately set.
Watch the videos below to learn more:
When set properly, the in-line ripper evenly picks up and drops the soil—instead of disrupting large chunks of soil on top.
When set properly, the hybrid coulter chisel provides for even shatter between the shanks. However, when run too shallow, the tool leaves columns of soil undisturbed.
Make Plans to Attend these Upcoming Corn College Events
Can’t make it to one of the Illinois Corn Colleges? Check these out.
Soybean College: Aug. 1 to 2., Coldwater, Mich.
With a large focus on in-field diagnostics, let Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer teach you the secrets to soybean production. This event will focus on fundamentals, soybean growth and take-home knowledge of how to raise better beans. World-record soybean yield farmer Kip Cullers will present a special breakout session. Click here to register
Corn College “Fundamentals”: Aug. 3 to 4, Coldwater, Mich.
The Farm Journal Corn College Fundamentals session provides practical, hands-on training to help corn growers advance their production skills, increase yields and improve their profitability. This session is geared for the first-time Corn College attendee and will provide them with the core knowledge of how to use the Systems Approach on their farm. Click here to register