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Ted Hamer

Traer, IA | 2015 Grower

Hamer Farm

Farm Details

Soil Type

Tama
Dinsdale
Muscatine

Adjacent Crops

Corn

Row Spacing

30”

Crop Rotation

Corn / Soy

Weed Pressure

Waterhemp
Giant Ragweed
Cocklebur

Irrigation & Tillage

Not Irrigated

No Till

 

Growing up I can remember being on my hands and knees in a two-acre, soybean field pulling and thinking wow, there's got to be a better way to do this.

Ted Hamer

 

In our operation we like to be on the cutting edge of things. It's fun to get your feet wet right away and be a little bit ahead of the curve — to know what works and what doesn't. That's just who we are as a farm. We're more than willing to give things a try.

Ted Hamer

 

Waterhemp by far is the nastiest weed we have right now. Giant ragweed would be the second culprit.

Ted Hamer

 

Nobody wants to see the monitor go down during harvest. Been through enough patches where we had resistant weeds and watched monitor drop. That just makes you sick to your stomach.

Ted Hamer

 

We know the problems that can happen with drift. We're going to pick days where we know that drift isn't going to be a problem.

Ted Hamer

 

Today we'll be keeping our ground speed below 15 miles per hour. Scott's going to keep the boom less than 20 inches off of the canopy. We're using a TeeJet TTI 110004 tip so we minimize small droplets. We're going to make sure that the wind speed is under 10 miles an hour.

Ted Hamer

 

In our operation all of the fields that are planted are under GPS referencing. We have everything marked on the planter monitor. Every field is diligently marked with a flag that identifies it as a Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean field so we're confident that we know where we have things planted.

Ted Hamer

 

When we get done with the field today, we'll be triple rinsing spray equipment that has come in contact with the dicamba, so that we make sure that we don't carry it to the next field.

Ted Hamer

 

I think our expectations moving forward for the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans will be increased yield, because, I think that the genetics are there.

Ted Hamer

 

I think that we need to feed the world. I think that we need to get higher yields, quicker. If we have products like this that can hold weed pressure down and increase our yields, we're going to do that a lot quicker.

Ted Hamer

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