Merge art, science to farm for the big picture
<p>Tim Couser’s combine cab is filled with monitors, from his iPad on the upper left to his 20-20 Seed Sense yield sense; his GS3 Guidance monitor; a Hillco Single Pass Round Baler (SPRB) control monitor; a combine-functions monitor; and in the lower right, a back-end visual view of the lower right hitch of the combine. Couser and father Bill feed their field data into the iPad, using Google Drive to share any new information instantly. The Hillco SPRB monitors status of the corncob/residue bales formed on-the-go behind the combine. The lower-right hitch monitor allows a rear view that helps monitor the baler hopper and line up the baler hitch to the combine.</p>
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.