Ben Pederson shares his insight in how he discovered the right recipe for fertilizer placement with the SoilWarrior system.
Way back before I implemented the practice of strip-till on my farm, I would day dream of the perfect system. If I could get over the hurdles of my father’s objections, potential landlord issues, the cost of another piece of equipment, and a few others, how would I do it if I had my choice? Every aspect ran through my head. I even typed out four pages of a program detailing each aspect from equipment width, to controlled traffic, to nitrogen programs.
Nutrient placement was a topic that really interested me. I knew it had to be more effective to place fertilizer in a concentrated manner right below the crop row. But what was the best system for placement? There were several choices in the marketplace. Some used a shank and a mole knife. Some used coulters to lightly till a strip. And of course the SoilWarrior used something I had never seen before called a cog wheel.