Rapp Farms, operated by James and his sons Nick, and Ben, farm 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans in the Princeton, Ill., area. They are going into their fifth year of strip-tilling both crops on fairly flat and rather consistent soil types in the north-central part of the state.
Mike Strang farms 1,600 acres of strip-tilled corn, soybeans and edible dry beans and no-tills winter wheat near Exeter, Ont. He carries on the family farming operation that began in the 1850s, but their practices have changed dramatically during the last 15 years.
When David Delhotal started using precision farming equipment in 2007, he was sold enough on the capabilities and benefits, that 2 years later, technology touches most aspects of his family’s 3,000-acre operation in West Brooklyn, Ill.
Farmers in the Lake Erie watershed area in northwest Ohio are extremely aware of the public’s interest in water quality and agriculture’s role in protecting it. David Myerholtz says precision farming practices help him and his father, Lowell, fine tune and document their efforts to protect the water quality in Lake Erie. Technology also helps them use crop inputs more efficiently.
Matt Miller worked closely with his father-in-law, Randy Hoff, near Mitchell, Neb., getting his equipment set up for automatic guidance. It’s helped the 450-acre irrigated corn, edible dry beans and sugarbeet operation better leverage strip-till and made it easier to build strips and then stay on them at planting.
John Detlor continues to slowly adopt precision farming technology into his 800-acre operation that he operates with his brother, James, near Wautoma, Wis. As he does, he’s finding dealer support is key to a successful transition.
Ryan Nell's family farm has been using precision farming equipment since 1999 — when he was 13 years old. Today, he's part of an extended family cash grain and dairy operation near Beaver Dam, Wis., and they continue to fine-tune and leverage precision farming data to improve productivity on their operation.
The Stoller family farms 4,700 acres near Kentland, Ind., and have almost always had a John Deere fleet of equipment. But as they transition to strip-till in both corn and soybean rotations, they added a Case IH RowTrac 470 tractor into the equipment lineup in 2015 to help them reduce soil compaction.
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