Farming is not getting any easier; the low-hanging fruit has been picked. How do young producers achieve success with falling prices?
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.