Farming is not getting any easier; the low-hanging fruit has been picked. How do young producers achieve success with falling prices?
Merge art, science to farm for the big picture
Think different Tim Couser, Nevada, Iowa, figures he can lower costs, increase yields and/or market better. His profit plan includes the following: Improved operational efficiency to lower costs. Examples include finding ways to do multiple operations in one trip such as sidedress with the sprayer, apply cover crops with a modified disk ripper and a new concept: using a single-pass round baler. Increased yields by implementing proven practices in earlier replicated strip trials. Couser has done a great deal of these despite the extreme weather. Several in-furrow biological treatments, novel seed treatments, many hybrid/variety trials and many spreadsheets have handed him higher yields (see list). Narrow corn and bean rows, on-farm trials, and future banding of liquid nutrients. Enthusiasm for learning and big-picture thinking to help solve sticky challenges.