Tillage prescription technology is helping growers — including Brian and Darren Hefty of Ag PhD — achieve increased yields, greater planter productivity and healthier soils. New research from Case IH shows why this new concept could become the norm on more operations in the near future. Read on to see how the smallest agronomic adjustments with AFS Soil Command™ tillage prescription technology can make a big difference on your farm — whether you practice conventional or conservation tillage.
Take a new approach to tillage
Tillage prescription technology is designed to aid in everything from optimized planting to greater productivity. Applications have led to interesting results — and clear benefits — out in the field, including:
Increased field speeds
Research shows tillage prescriptions contribute to increased field speeds, which enhance productivity. In one instance, AFS Soil Command tillage prescription technology allowed operators to increase overall productivity by as much as 9.5%.1
The efficiency boost gained from higher speeds can help you perform better soil management during tight windows. For example, this could allow operators to focus on quickly breaking up compaction before moisture or frozen ground causes compaction challenges, which have been shown to reduce yields by as much as 10% to 20%.2
Better crop residue
Case IH studies have shown tillage technology can lead to better residue coverage than traditional tillage practices — and help prevent erosion.
Research has uncovered that tillage prescription technology directly contributes to higher yields. One study showed yield increases of as much as 2-1/2 bushels per acre by using tillage prescription technology alone.3
Check out this video to see how these benefits come to life on Brian and Darren Heftys’ farm.
Want to learn more about tillage prescription technology? Click here or talk with your local Case IH dealer.
1Research conducted in 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, with a Case IH Ecolo-Tiger® 875 disk ripper. Tillage prescriptions called for shank depths between 5 and 14 inches, while constant-depth tillage was set at 14 inches. Performance may vary based on soil types and conditions.
2Research conducted by the Crop Physiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois.
3Results depend on specific soil conditions; individual results may vary, and savings are not a guaranteed amount.